As mentioned in my previous post i said i would post the questions i asked the surgeon’s assistant. Also, this post is NSFW as there are some details regarding myself and the surgery.
Note: Surgeons from different countries could give different answers than she did during the consult. These questions were focused on the procedure in the Netherlands.
Q: After shaving the genital area my skin get’s irritated, is that going to be a problem for the surgery
A: Yes, damaged skin is not good before a surgery so let us do the shaving.
Q: When do i have to stop my hormones? And when can i start them again?
A: You have to stop your estrogen 3 weeks before and your anti-androgen 1 week before the surgery. You can resume hormones 2-3 weeks after the surgery.
Q: Is being allergic to dust particles going to be a problem for the surgery?
A: Generally speaking the resting rooms are very clean so you don’t have to worry about coughing or sneezing too much.
Q: Which degree of sensation can i expect after the surgery?
A: In the vaginal canal there is not a lot of sensation, but on the outside (clitoris) there is a lot of sensation.
Q: Which degree of self lubrication can i expect?
A: You can expect some degree of self lubrication, but usually external lube is needed. If you’re lucky you won’t need lube at all.
Q: What depth of the neo-vagina can i expect?
A: Depends on your penile length, but usually between 10-15 centimeters.
Q: What are the chances of getting complications?
A: 2-3% puncturing the colon, bleeding 85% (fairly normal), tissue not healing well 20%.
Q: How much experience do the surgeons have?
A: Bouman 10 years, Buncamper 15 years, Ozer 4 years. It’s likely you will get Ozer because the others don’t do surgery that often anymore.
Q: Which parts of the penis will be used for which parts of the neo vagina?
A: Penile skin for the inside of the vaginal canal, scrotal skin on the outside, penis head for the clitoris.
Q: What happens to the erectile tissue?
A: We will leave as little as possible.
Q: What doesn’t get created with the neo-vagina that natal vagina’s do have?
A: [laughs], a womb. In all seriousness we will try to get it as close in structure and aesthetics to a biological woman as possible.
Q: Where is the scar going to be?
A: On your groin.
Q: At what location am i going to have the surgery?
A: In a hospital in Amsterdam (Amstelland).
Q: Where can i buy dilators?
At the clinic for 40 euro’s.
Q: How many times do i need to do the pelvic excercises?
A: You can do it twice a week. Breathing excercises you can do every day.
Q: Who do i call when i have complications?
A: You should call the plastic surgery section of the gender clinic.
Q: How do i know the anesthesia works on me?
A: [laughs], you don’t have to worry about that. If we don’t see you sleeping we will give you a different kind of anesthesia.
Q: Which degree of pain can i expect after the surgery?
A: In the first two days morphine might be used, after that pain killers. If you’re still in too much pain we will give you an injection.
Q: What clothes should i bring before/after the surgery?
A: Something loose/wide that you feel comfortable in. Don’t wear anything that exerts pressure on the groin.
Q: Are there other things i should have before/after the surgery?
A: Pads, lube, towels, dilators.
Q: What is the average recovery period?
A: 6 weeks to do your daily things and work, 3 months to be able to do everything again.
Q: Is there a possibility for a labiaplasty after the surgery?
A: I don’t know why you would need that but yes, we do give those.
Q: What activities do i have to stop before the surgery?
A: None, you can do everything you want up until one day before the surgery.
Q: When can i have sex/do other sexual acts?
A: The surgeon team’s opinion on this is that you should first explore your new genitals (after 3 months) and then you can have sex (unless it hurts, then wait).
I hope you guys learned something from this 🙂