GENDER AFFIRMATION SURGERY
A vaginectomy, or surgery to remove the vagina, is a procedure that is usually performed during phalloplasty or metoidioplasty. However, there are trans men who wish to have it performed during a hysterectomy.
WHAT IS VAGINECTOMY?
A total vaginectomy is the surgical technique by which the vagina is completely removed. The aim of this procedure is to prevent the accumulation of vaginal secretions and possible diseases that may settle in the vagina. It is often performed during genital surgery, but can also be performed after a total hysterectomy.
FAQS BEFORE A VAGINECTOMY
Who can undergo a vaginectomy?
Any trans/intersex person who has a vagina can undergo a vaginectomy. Before undergoing a vaginectomy, it is essential to consider all the options that suit the individual’s needs and state of health.
What does the vaginectomy procedure consist of?
The ultimate goal of a vaginectomy is total resection of the vaginal mucosa. You will be admitted to IM CLINIC on the same day as the operation. During the hours of admission, the relevant health checks will be carried out and the intestine and the area to be affected will be prepared for the operation.
A total vaginectomy is usually performed at the same time as genital surgery. However, it can also be performed after a total hysterectomy, regardless of the route used for this surgery.
FAQS ABOUT THE POSTOPERATIVE PERIOD OF A VAGINECTOMY
What advice should be followed after the vaginectomy postoperative period?
The IM Gender team will explain to you how to avoid possible complications after a vaginectomy and, should they occur, what to do. In case of any discomfort, doubts or uncertainties, you should consult the IM Gender patient care team or your referring surgeon. In addition, you will have a 24-hour phone number available to contact if necessary.
Will I need to attend postoperative visits after vaginectomy?
It is very important not to skip any post-operative visits with a member of the IM Gender team to assess the progress of your recovery.
As a general rule, once the patient has been discharged from hospital, they will be scheduled for the next visit, which will take place approximately three weeks after discharge from hospital (one month after the operation). The next medical check-ups will be approximately three months, six months and one year after the operation.
At all times, the patient will have a post-operative support phone number available to answer any questions that may arise.
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