Surgical treatment of vaginal vault prolapse: A historic summary and review of outcomes

Jennifer L. Klauschie, Jeffrey L. Cornella

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Objectives: This study aimed to review the history of surgical treatment of vaginal vault prolapse, its current treatments, and its outcomes. Methods: A PubMed search was conducted using the following terms: vaginal vault prolapse, apical prolapse, surgical treatments, culdoplasty, uterosacral ligament fixation, and sacral colpopexy. Results: Vaginal vault prolapse is a common condition with many surgical treatment options. Surgical principles and treatment of this condition dates back to the 19th century. Native tissue repairs such as McCall culdoplasty, uterosacral ligament fixation, and sacrospinous fixation have high overall success rates with restoring apical anatomy. Sacral colpopexy also has excellent success rates when mesh is needed to augment repairs. Conclusions: There are many options for the treatment of vaginal vault prolapse. Modifications have been made to the original procedures; however, the basic principles are still applicable and include attaching the vaginal apex to level 1 support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-17
Number of pages8
JournalFemale Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012


  • McCall culdoplasty
  • Sacrospinous fixation
  • Surgical treatment
  • Uterosacral ligament suspension
  • Vaginal vault prolapse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Urology


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