During delivery of a baby the vagina and surrounding tissues and muscles stretch in order for the baby to pass through. After delivery the vagina may return to a more “normal” size, but it often fails to return to its’ pre pregnancy diameter especially if there are multiple deliveries and delivering large babies. Many women and their partners complain of decreased sensation and sexual satisfaction during intercourse due to a lack of friction.
Before vaginoplasty surgery
Prior to surgery a detail medical history is taken including information about number of pregnancies, history of delivery method. A careful examination is conducted. The physician and patient discuss procedure, anesthesia type, possible risks and complications as well as the incision site. Pre-operative instructions may include the elimination of certain drugs and smoking habits.
vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure that tightens the vagina. This is done by removing excess vaginal lining and tightening the surrounding soft tissues and muscles. Vaginoplasty surgery will tighten the vagina and surrounding tissues yielding a vaginal tightness similar to before the patient had children.
Vaginoplasty procedure time
Between an hour to an hour and a half.
Majority of the procedures are performed under conscious sedation or general anesthesia.
After vaginoplasty surgery
You will have discomfort at the surgical site for the first few days which will then decrease. All patients are sent home with prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics. Full healing takes approximately six weeks. All sutures used are absorbable and therefore do not need to be removed. You may shower two days after surgery. Most of the discomfort will be over after 3 or 4 days. You should not participate in any sports such as jogging, swimming, bowling, tennis, etc. for about three to four weeks.
Vaginoplasty surgery risk and complications
Complications connected with the surgical procedure are rare: however there are inherent risks connected with every surgical procedure. You will have a scar, which may take few weeks to disappear. Each person heals differently and neither the physician nor the patient can control the patient’s healing. As with any operation there is a risk of infection. The most common risks of surgery may include bleeding, infection, and scarring, however these are very unusual.
Why Would I Want Vaginoplasty Surgery?
Most women who desire a vaginoplasty complain of feeling “loose”. They note decrease friction during intercourse resulting in lower levels of sexual satisfaction and more difficulty in climaxing. Vaginoplasty will increase friction during intercourse. After surgery, the vaginal tightness is similar to the pre-baby days. You will easily feel the difference and so will your partner.
When Can I Return To Work After Vaginoplasty Surgery?
Most patients return to work within two to five days.
When Can I Resume Sexual Activity After Vaginoplasty?
Approximately six weeks after surgery.
Can Labioplasty And Vaginoplasty Procedures Be Done At The Same Time?
Yes. Both procedures can be done at the same time.
Does Insurance Cover The Costs of a Vaginoplasty?
Insurance usually does not cover the cost of this surgery because it is considered elective.