Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Clitoroplasty is a rare surgical procedure performed on the clitoris, the small, visible part of the female genitalia located at the end of the vulva. The clitoris is a female’s main source of sexual pleasure. The goal of clitoroplasty is to create a clitoris with a normal appearance and still retain sensation in the area. The technique not only enhances the visual appearance of a woman’s pubic area, but also serves to improve sexual pleasure by making the clitoris more accessible.
Clitoroplasty may be done under local or general anaesthesia. The entire procedure will take approximately an hour depending on what needs to be done.
There are three different kinds of clitoroplasty:
- Clitoral Recession: Surgery to reduce the external part of the clitoris. It is not the removal of the clitoris.
- Reduction Clitoroplasty: This is thought to be the procedure with the best chance of retaining sensation in the clitoris. It also is the surgery that is most likely to create a more normal appearance of the genitals. However, it is a difficult procedure with a high risk of sensory and blood flow disorders in the clitoris.
Based on the reasons for clitoroplasty, a doctor will recommend the best procedure.
The area will be tender and inflamed, but rest and application of ice will help, along with over-the-counter pain relievers. After about two or three days, the patient will be able to return to work. Recovery times vary depending on the extent of the surgery. The patient will be cautioned not to engage in sexual intercourse during that time in order to avoid complications. Strenuous activities such as bicycle riding, running, and heavy lifting should also be avoided during this time. Special care to keep the area clean is important in order to avoid any possibility of infection.
Every procedure involves inherent risks. Although serious complications are extremely rare, Dr. Date educates every patient about potential risks.
Those risks can include scarring, the opening of the wound, discomfort for several days, bruising around the surgical sites, infection, bleeding, nerve and vessel injury, and general anaesthesia-related issues.