What exactly is vulvoplasty and what happens during the operation? This page provides information about vulvoplasty, the procedure, and what to expect after the operation.
Hormone use after the surgery
Complications and risks during and after surgery
- Bleeding: There may be bleeding immediately following the operation. If this does not stop on its own, a second operation may be necessary to stem the bleeding.
- Infection: Although the procedure is done in a clean and sterile way, there is always a chance of bacteria entering the wound. In the period after the operation, there is also a risk of infection. That is why it is so important to take good care of the wound.
- Blood suffusion (haematoma): Some blood may accumulate in the surgical area, which may give the area a slightly blue or purple appearance, like a bruise. This will go away by itself after 2 to 4 weeks.
- Fluid retention (oedema or seroma): Fluid may also accumulate in the surgical area. If this feels uncomfortable, the fluid can be removed by the physician.
- Badly healing wound edges (wound dehiscence): After the operation, the wounds may not heal immediately, and may open up a little. Should this happen, we recommend that you rinse the wound thoroughly with running water and, if necessary , contact your attending physician.
- Hypergranulation: Hypergranulation is a common problem. It is benign, but does involve a sizeable loss of fluids or blood. It may also have a certain odour and be painful, but it is easy to treat.
- Loss of feeling/orgasm: you may loose all or some sensation in your genitals. Whether or not feeling will be restored is uncertain.
- Scarring: The growth in scarring tissue differs per person, skin type and surgical method. People and skin types all heal in their own way. Being overweight or a smoker means that wounds will heal less pretty than in healthy, non-smokers. Sometimes, a scar can be corrected (at least one year after the operation).
This text was edited on 14-10-2022
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