Vaginoplasty Risks and Complications
How risky is a vaginoplasty?
Immediate risks include bleeding, infection, skin or clitoral necrosis, suture line dehiscence, urinary retention or vaginal prolapse. Fistulas from the rectum, urethra or bladder usually present early on. Acute bleeding usually originates from the urethra and most often can be controlled with local pressure.
Can a vaginoplasty fail?
Therefore, scar formation is an inherent complication of most reconstructive techniques that have been described for vaginoplasty via dissection. This complication is especially liable to occur in cases who fail to initiate and maintain regular marital life or fail to comply with postoperative neovaginal dilation.
What happens after a vaginoplasty?
Generally there will be swelling, soreness and some bruising after surgery which should subside in a week or two. After a couple of days a patient should be able to walk around comfortably. We recommend taking a week off work to recuperate following a vaginoplasty.
How long is the recovery for vaginal rejuvenation?
The results, in general are phenomenal, with a high patient satisfaction rate. Patients may return to their non-strenuous activities after 3 days of surgery. Complete recovery typically requires 6-8 weeks, while sexual intercourse is strongly discouraged for a minimum of 8 weeks.
How do you clean after vaginoplasty?
You should shower or wash daily. When washing the genital area, always wipe from front to back in order to avoid contamination of the vaginal and urethral area with bacteria from the anal region. Please also avoid wearing tight clothing as friction may also facilitate bacterial transfer.
How long does vaginoplasty surgery take to heal?
You will likely be able to walk around and engage in light activity within a week after surgery, and healed enough to go back to all activities at around six weeks. This surgery has a very long healing process that can take 12 to 18 months.
When can I drive after vaginoplasty?
Because driving requires the ability to perform unimpeded, unpredictable movements, and because driving can place pressure on your genitals, causing pain, we recommend waiting 2 weeks after your surgery before driving a motor vehicle.
Can you be awake for vaginoplasty?
General anesthesia would put you under for the duration of the surgery so that you would have no awareness of the procedure. You would awake with the procedure complete and stitches in place, and you would need some time to recover from the anesthesia itself before you could go home.