1) Post-operative processes after the Clitoral Hood Reduction
After the Clitoral Hood Reduction, you are assured to be well taken care of in a safe and professional way by our highly trained and educated staff. You will be monitored in our recovery room for 1-2 hours.
Nausea and vomiting may be experienced as a side effect of the Intravenous Sedation, which is relieved as soon as the anesthesia effect wears off.
Dr. Vitasna will allow you to return home after the following things are checked; you are conscious with normal vital sign, no abnormal bleeding from the surgical wound, the post operative care instructions are being reviewed with you, and you can urinate normally.
2) Post Operative Care Instructions at home after the Clitoral Hood Reduction
At home, you must take an acetaminophen, an anti-inflammatory, and an antibiotic, as prescribed by Dr. Vitasna, especially an antibiotic which should be wholly completed.
Within the first 1-2 days after the surgery, applying a cold pack (s) to the general surgical site to decrease swelling is possible. A cold pack with ice in a plastic bag is not recommended, because the moisture and steam from the plastic bag may potentially cause inflammation and infection.
- You may experience some pain, you should take a rest (refrain from work) to reduce pain and inflammation around the surgical wound. You should be still to enable the wound to heal faster, and have little movement as possible to avoid wound disruption.
- You should not take a shower, which may potentially cause infection–perhaps rub the body dry. After rub the body dry, you should use a warm dryer for 10-15 minutes around the surgical wound to keep the area dry.
After 1-2 days of the surgery, you are allowed to take a shower, you should clean the surgical wound and the perineum area with soap daily, when you are taking a shower in the morning and before bedtime. After you took a shower, you should use a warm dryer for 10-15 minutes around the surgical wound to keep the area dry for at least one more week.
Within the first 2 weeks after the surgery, cleaning the perineum area after urinary excretion may be done with sanitary wipes .(Do not use tap water, because we want the surgical area as dry as is most beneficial). After fecal excretion done using water and toweling gently. You should try to avoid moisture around the surgical wound to keep the area dry to let it heal faster.
3) Things you should know after the Clitoral Hood Reduction
After the surgery, some bleeding from the surgical wound in the first week may be experienced. In case of a lot of bleeding and blood clot from the surgical wound, swollen reddish wound and high fever, please contact the Hospital for suggestions or come to see Dr. Vitasna for the surgical wound examination
You may have all kinds of food, but should refrain from alcoholic drinks, pickled food, and smoking for about 2 weeks.
The material used for the surgery is the sutures which dissolve slowly (within 6-8 weeks). However, for some women, the sutures take longer than 6-8 weeks to completely dissolve, consequently causing irritation. For women who experience itching caused by the dissolving sutures and the process of healing, Dr. Vitasna may prescribe antihistamine to control the itching.
After the surgery, you may have itching or green-curd like discharge as a result of vaginal fungal infection, possibly following taking antibiotic to avoid post-operative infection, and needing anti-fungal medication or suppository.
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4) Recovery period after the Clitoral Hood Reduction
Recovery varies individually. You may return to work after 1-2 days of the surgery. Dr. Vitasna will have a post-operative appointment with you 1-2 weeks after the surgery, you should follow Dr. Vitasna’s appointment for follow up examination or treatment.
Within the first 2 weeks after the surgery, tissues are beginning to produce and form new blood capillaries, and the surgical wound are expected to start healing. You may start your daily activities gradually.
After the first 2 weeks to 4 weeks after the surgery, the surgical wound is expected to heal appropriately, you may start your usual activities gradually. Strenuous physical activities should be limited.
After 4 weeks of the surgery, you may do your usual activities. Relaxing exercises and lifting light weights are permitted. However, you should refrain from running, soaking in the bathtub, swimming, heavy lifting, cycling, other heavy activities, and sexual intercourse for at least 4-6 weeks after the surgery.
The rate of surgical complications after the Clitoral Hood Reduction is low, especially when laser is utilized by an experienced surgeon. You should carefully and religiously follow our post-operative care instructions. In the unlikely event of a post-operative complication, you should immediately see Dr. Vitasna for early examination, treatment, and prevent worsening of the complication.