Dr. Reed, Please describe typical post op course after vaginoplasty. How long will I have to stay, will I have much pain, do stitches have to be removed and when. When can I return to work, when can I have sex? Lizette
The smoothness of your vaginoplasty post-op course depends a lot on the experience of your doctor, and the vaginoplasty care and time he/she spends on meticulous attention to detail while you are in the operating room. Post op pain and discomfort is controlled with injection or IV meds for the first 24 hours. After that you’ll get a prescription for either an oral narcotic or drug such as Ultram or tramadol which works on narcotic receptor sites. Please do not abuse these drugs as they can produce constipation and of course they are habit forming.
Vaginal packing is removed on the 7th post op day and then we’ll show you and your friend or relative how to do vaginal dilation safely. Your catheter comes out on the 12th post day and hat you can do yourself. Sutures generally come out on the 14th post-op day. If you are in the Miami area, we’ll do that, if not you should make arrangement with a doctor in your town to follow you for that and minor wound care problems. You can always Email me photos for comment.
If you work in an office environment, typically you could return to work about 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. You wll need to use a ring pillow when you sit down for about 5 weeks, as your torso weight may split the suture lines.
In that it takes 8 weeks for incision lines to regain full tensile strength, sex with Mr. Right 8 to 10 weeks. Vaginal dilation starts of course 7 days after surgery. Nature abhors a vacuum.
We pride ourselves in being very accessible to our patients so please call with any concerns. Do call Anne for affordable vaginoplasty fees.
Do visit our web-site for before and after vaginoplasty photos srsmiami.com/vaginoplasty scroll down or pictures.
Harold M. Reed, M.D.
The Reed Centre for Transgender Surgery | Dr. Harold Reed | Miami
Transgender vaginoplasty after picture (patient of Dr. Reed)