Transfeminine Procedures

Inversion Vaginoplasty Surgery

How is Inversion Vaginoplasty Performed?

Dr. Schechter’s method of vaginoplasty utilizes the inversion vaginoplasty and disassembly technique combined with a scrotal-perineal flap to create the vagina. This technique uses the penile skin and a portion of the scrotum to line the new vagina. The clitoris is created from both a portion of the glans penis, as well as small amount of retained erectile tissue. This technique preserves important sensory nerves and erectile tissue in order to achieve a natural appearing, sensate vagina with adequate depth for intercourse. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and depending upon the extent of surgery, can last anywhere from 5 to 8 hours. Occasionally, skin grafts are required in order to achieve adequate vaginal depth. Your pre-operative physical examination will determine whether or not a skin graft is necessary.

How Long is Vaginoplasty Recovery?

The typical hospital stay for gender confirmation surgery is five to seven days, including the day of surgery. You will need to arrive in town one day prior to surgery, and are encouraged to spend two days after discharge from the hospital in local housing. In other words, if your surgery is scheduled for Monday, you will be required to arrive in town on Sunday. You will be discharged from the hospital the following Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, and it is recommended that you spend the following Tuesday and Wednesday in local housing. Not counting the day of surgery, you will be confined to bed for four to five days. If your surgery is done on Monday, you will be able to get out of bed the following Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. We recommend reading material or other personal items to help occupy your time.

Where is the Gender Surgery Performed?

Gender confirmation surgery is performed at Weiss Memorial Hospital, located at 4646 North Marine Dr., Chicago, Illinois. The hospitals staff is courteous, friendly, competent, and uniquely suited to the needs of transgendered individuals.

Are there any Prerequisites for Inversion Vaginoplasty Surgery?

Requirements for surgery include two mental health evaluations which specifically recommend gender confirmation. These evaluations must be performed by psychiatrists, psychologists, or therapists. In addition, a letter is required from your physician outlining the history and duration of your hormone therapy.

Prior to surgery, Dr. Schechter will review your medical history and coordinate lab work. At the time of your evaluation, you will be interviewed, undergo a history and physical examination, sign consent forms, have your photographs taken, and receive instructions. Contact Loren S. Schechter Plastic Surgery Today!

To learn more about this procedure and schedule a consultation at Loren S. Schechter Plastic Surgery, located in Chicago, contact us today at (847) 967-5122.