Vaginoplasty Surgery in Chicago:

Sigmoid Colon & Right Colon Technique

What is Vaginoplasty?

The term vaginoplasty generally describes any cosmetic reconstructive and corrective vaginal surgery. Vaginoplasty is oftentimes interchanged with vaginal rejuvenation which refers to various cosmetic procedures for reshaping, strengthening, tightening, and firming the vaginal tissue for improving youthful appearances, self-image, and comfort. Vaginal rejuvenation is not necessarily the same as reconstructive vaginoplasty: it is a non-reconstructive and is typically used to reverse the effects of aging and childbearing. The term neovaginoplasty specifically describes the procedures of either partial or total construction or reconstruction of the vulvo-vaginal complex. Vaginoplasty is common among male-to-female (MTF) sex reassignment surgeries (SRS), or can be used to restore or enhance the appearance of the vagina.

How is Vaginoplasty Performed?

The sigmoid colon vaginoplasty is performed by reconstructing a sexually compatible vagina by using parts of the intestine. This procedure is more invasive than the penile skin procedure and is typically performed in conjunction with a general surgeon. The procedure involves detaching a portion of the intestine and relocating it to its new position in order to create the vagina. Dr. Schechter performs an intestinal vaginoplasty using either sigmoid colon or right colon. This procedure is typically performed as a revision procedure for individuals who have experienced vaginal stenosis. The sigmoid colon technique provides a vagina that is suitable in length and should not scar. However, in certain situations, this may be performed as a first stage procedure.

What are the Benefits of Intestinal Vaginoplasty?

Advantages of the intestinal vaginoplasty are lubrication of the new vagina provided by mucosal glands as well as the need for less frequent dilation (the constructed vagina is self-lubricated). Other advantages include early sexual intercourse, longer length of the vagina, and very rare contraction.

What are the Disadvantages of Intestinal Vaginoplasty?

Intestinal vaginoplasty incurs extra costs because more than one abdominal surgeon is needed to perform the surgery. There are also higher risks involved and patients may experience excessive mucous discharge or swelling for as long as 6 months.

What are the Risks of Intestinal Vaginoplasty?

The most common risks include infections, scarring, and bleeding.  Other complications include obstruction, excessive mucous discharge, and intra abdominal complications such as leakage, sepsis, abcess, and abstructio.

How long does a Vaginoplasty take?

The intestinal vaginoplasty procedure requires a hospital stay for approximately four to seven days. In addition, you will be on a restricted diet until bowel function returns (typically three to five days after surgery.)