Post-Operative Care Instructions for Clitoral Hood Reduction
1. Post-operative processes after the Clitoral Hood Reduction
- After the Clitoral Hood Reduction, you may experience dizziness caused by the Intravenous (IV) Sedation, so you should take a rest until recovery.
- You will be monitored for 1-2 hours at recovery room. When you are conscious with no abnormal bleeding, you can urinate by yourself, and you are asked to review post-operative care instructions, Dr. Vitasna will allow you to return home.
2. Cold Packs & Water contact & Post-operative care instructions at home after the Clitoral Hood Reduction
- At home, after the surgery, you may experience some pain, 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 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. You should take a rest (refrain from work) and be still to enable the wound to heal faster, and have little movement as possible to avoid wound disruption.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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), and 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.
- After the surgery, you may have all kinds of food, but should refrain from alcoholic drinks, pickled food, and smoking for about 2 weeks.
- 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.
3. Recovery Period after the Clitoral Hood Reduction
- Recovery varies individually. You may return to work after 1-2 days of the surgery. Moreover, you should adhere to the physician’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.
4. Suture removal after the Clitoral Hood Reduction
- The material (s) used is the suture which dissolves slowly (within 4-6 weeks). However, for some women, the suture takes longer than 6 weeks to completely dissolve, consequently causing irritation. For women who experience itching caused by the dissolving sutures and the process of healing, they will be prescribed antihistamine to control the itching.
5. Appointment after the Clitoral Hood Reduction
- Dr. Vitasna will have a post-operative appointment in 1-2 weeks after the Clitoral Hood Reduction, or as appropriate. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.