Common Issues Post-op
In the postoperative period, there are many common issues that arise as part of the healing process. Usually incision care and time will work to let your body heal without any additional surgery. Included here are pictures of the most common types of conditions.
These pictures are from the same person. She had separation at her 2nd post operative week due to swelling. The middle picture is at 3 months postoperatively. Her separation healed with time. The last picture is at 1 year. Her swelling decreased.
Immediately Post Operatively: in the first two weeks, oozing is expected onto the hygiene pads that cover the wound vacuum or bolster.
First 3 months: Intermittent bleeding can occur postoperatively as part of healing within the first 3 months after surgery. Please make sure you are dilating the vagina and not the urethra. Also check for signs of a bladder infection ( see FAQs and Videos on Bladder Health/ Gyn 101)
Within the first year after surgery, occasional bleeding or dark brown discharge can be seen on pads. This is usually due to granulation tissue which commonly occurs within the first year after surgery. While scary, it's benign bleeding. This will be taken care of on your post-operative visits at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months. If unable to return to our office, please see a local provider like a gynecologist. Again, please make sure you are not accidentally dilating your urethra and also check for signs of a bladder infection ( see FAQs and Videos on Bladder Health/ Gyn 101)
Common in 1st year postoperative
Pink/red painless scar tissue which bleeds.
Easy to treat in office with chemical cautery- painless.
Residual Erectile Tissue
Pre- Revision Surgery
Post- Revision Surgery
This patient was referred for 4 reasons from her prior surgery done out of the country.
Excessive erectile tissue
Hollow groove on mons
No clitoral hood
The patient is 14 days out of surgery & the patient on the right is 20 days:
swelling, bruising, separation, as well as, yellow discharge.
All of these are common and expected.
Yellow Discharge common post op on incision sites
Proteinaceous by-product of healing (not pus)
Goes away once incisions heal
Both patients are 2 weeks post surgery. On left is extreme swelling and on right is mild swelling. Most patients are somewhere in between with their swelling.
Swelling and Separation
Top Row: Operating Room,1st week, 2nd week before cleaning and after cleaning
Bottom Row: 3rd post op week, home photos x3 over next 2.5 months, Complete closure of separation occurred at 3 mos. Last Photos are 9 then 12 months without surgical intervention.
9 then 12 months without surgical intervention.
Following Post-op Swelling, Separation and Healing with time & without intervention
Pictures in order:OR, Post Op 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 3 months
Not So Common: Severe Separation, Labia Necrosis
This patient experienced necrosis of her labia minora, retraction and severe separation during her first month postoperatively. She healed well over the first 3 months and as of the last pictures mid 4th month, her separation is resolved and has granulation tissue that is being treated.
Same patient at 5 months below