Volume: 2016 | Number: 1
ISSN (print): 1855-9913 | ISSN (web): 1855-9921
Laser Vaginal Tightening with Non-ablative Er:YAG for Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome. Evaluation of Patient Satisfaction
Jack I. Pardo, Vicente Solá Dalenz
The main reason patients seek vaginal tightening surgery is because they feel loose or large and/or wish to increase friction and enhance sexual pleasure for themselves and their partner. In light of the possible side effects of surgery, there is a need for an effective minimally-invasive treatment. Non-ablative, thermal-only, minimally invasive Laser Vaginal Tightening (LVT) was evaluated in 50 consecutive patients in our practice. All patients were treated using 2940 nm Er:YAG laser according to the IntimaLase® protocol for LVT. Patient satisfaction after the procedure was evaluated by a questionnaire 1-8 months after the procedure. Patients were asked to rate their satisfaction with the LVT procedure and to rate the improvement of their sexual satisfaction after the procedure on a scale from 0 to 10. They were also asked whether they would be willing to repeat the procedure and whether they would recommend the procedure to others. 42 out of 50 patients (84%) responded to the questionnaire. The mean level of improvement in sexual satisfaction was 7 (SD=3.1) and the mean level of satisfaction with the LVT procedure was 7.5 (SD=3.1). 34 patients (81%) would be willing to repeat the procedure and recommend the procedure to others. There were no side effects. Non-ablative LVT should be offered to patients who seek surgery because of a sensation of wide vagina. Most patients are likely to be satisfied with the results of LVT and thus avoid the risks and/or cost of surgery.