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Hymenoplasty

Hymenoplasty, a gynaecological procedure, involves the surgical repair or reconstruction of the hymen tissue, typically ring-shaped, located at the vaginal entrance. This procedure can be applied to women who have lost the integrity of the hymen for various reasons. Hymenoplasty is performed under local anaesthesia and usually takes about 20-30 minutes. The aim is to restore the appearance and functionality of the hymen by rejoining the tissue or, if necessary, reconstructing it.

Hymenoplasty Procedure

  • Preparation Phase: Before hymenoplasty, patients are advised to undergo a detailed gynaecological examination. This examination is necessary to assess the current condition of the hymen tissue and determine the feasibility of the procedure.
  • Anaesthesia: Hymenoplasty is typically performed under local anaesthesia. However, based on patient preference or the complexity of the procedure, sedation or general anaesthesia may also be used.
  • Surgical Techniques: The reconstruction of the hymen tissue is achieved by stitching together the existing remnants. If sufficient tissue is not available, grafts from the vaginal mucosa tissue may be used to create a new hymen.
  • Healing Process: After the procedure, patients can usually return home the same day. Mild pain and discomfort may be felt for the first few days, but this can generally be managed with prescribed painkillers.
  • Post-Procedure Care: To reduce the risk of infection after the procedure, it is important to keep the treated area clean and dry. Sexual activity, heavy exercise, and contact with water in the vaginal area should be avoided for the first few days.
  • Healing and Results: The stitches are usually of the self-dissolving type, so they do not need to be removed. Full healing and the dissolving of stitches take about 2 weeks. Activities such as sexual intercourse, swimming in pools and the sea are generally recommended after 4 weeks.

Expectations After Hymenoplasty

After hymenoplasty, the appearance and functionality of the hymen tissue significantly improve. However, like any surgical procedure, hymenoplasty has certain risks and complications, including infection, bleeding, and scar tissue formation during the healing process. Therefore, it is important for patients considering the procedure to have a detailed discussion with an experienced gynaecologist and to fully understand all aspects of the procedure.

Hymenoplasty may be chosen for personal reasons, and individuals considering this procedure should make informed decisions before and after the operation. A customised treatment plan for each patient is critical to achieving the best results.

FAQ's

Hymenoplasty is a gynaecological surgical procedure that involves the repair or reconstruction of the hymen, a tissue typically located at the vaginal entrance. The procedure aims to restore the appearance and functionality of the hymen for various personal reasons, performed under local anaesthesia and usually completed within 20-30 minutes.

Suitable candidates for hymenoplasty include women who have lost the integrity of their hymen due to physical activities, injury, or sexual intercourse and wish to restore its structure for personal, cultural, or religious reasons. Patients should be in good physical health and have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery.

The hymenoplasty procedure involves either stitching together the remnants of the hymen or using grafts from the vaginal mucosa to create a new hymen if sufficient original tissue is not present. It is typically performed under local anaesthesia, and sedation or general anaesthesia may be used depending on the case.

Post-hymenoplasty recovery involves mild pain and discomfort that can usually be managed with prescribed painkillers. Patients can often return home the same day and are advised to keep the area clean and dry to reduce infection risk. Sexual activity, heavy exercise, and submersion in water should be avoided for the first few days. Full healing takes about 2 weeks, with a return to all activities recommended after 4 weeks.

As with any surgical procedure, hymenoplasty carries risks such as infection, bleeding, and the potential formation of scar tissue during the healing process. It’s crucial for patients to discuss these risks with an experienced gynaecologist to fully understand the procedure’s implications and ensure informed decision-making.

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