Le Fort Partial Colpocleisis: A Low-Cost Model

Ankita Gupta, Silvia Herrera, Stephanie Kanitsch, Laurie Kane
Journal of medical education and curricular development 2018, 5: 2382120518801582

Objective: The aim of this study is to develop a simulation model for the Le Fort partial colpocleisis.

Introduction: One in 9 women will undergo surgery for incontinence or prolapse by age 80 with 30% of these requiring an additional prolapse surgery. With a success rate of over 90% and recurrence rate of 4.2%, obliterative procedures hold a significant place in the management of pelvic organ prolapse in elderly women who are no longer sexually active. For new trainees, the Le Fort colpocleisis may be difficult to conceptually visualize, requiring the need to develop models as teaching tools.

Method: A low-cost model was developed using easily available craft supplies to simulate the Le Fort partial colpocleisis with the uterus in situ to treat procidentia. The cost of each model was under US $14 and time to make was approximately 1 hour. The video presents the construction and use of this model.

Conclusions: The Le Fort partial colpocleisis technique has been in use for over a century. The aging population as well as the high risk of recurrence after prolapse repairs makes colpocleisis an important technique for trainees to master. Simulation models have proven their efficacy as a training tool. This simple model will allow trainees to fully comprehend the steps of this procedure. Using this video, educators can construct a model and use it to orient trainees to the Le Fort partial colpocleisis procedure.

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