Vaginectomy may be performed as part of the sex reassignment process.
A vaginectomy is a surgery used to remove a woman’s vagina. It can be used to remove all tissue from a woman’s vagina or just part of it. In most cases, the vagina is removed as a treatment for cancer; the procedure can also be used, however, as part of the sex reassignment process. When a woman’s entire vagina is removed, the procedure is called a radical vaginectomy; procedures in which the upper part of the vagina is removed are called partial vaginectomies.
Patients who receive a vaginectomy may have an impaired ability to experience orgasm.
Cancer is the main reason a woman’s vagina can be removed during this procedure. In many cases, it is performed in conjunction with a full or partial hysterectomy. Typically, vaginectomy is not the surgeon’s first choice of treatment. Instead, it is usually recommended when vaginal cancer has returned and other treatment options have been exhausted.
Many people may wonder how it is possible to remove someone’s vagina. This can be hard to imagine. Doctors can, however, separate the muscle and tissue structure that makes up the vagina from the surrounding tissues and pull it out of the body, leaving nearby organs, such as the bladder, intact. In many cases, surgeons perform abdominal hysterectomies at the same time as radical vaginectomies.
A vaginectomy is a surgery used to remove all or part of a woman’s vagina.
After a radical vaginectomy is performed, doctors usually take steps to reconstruct the patient’s vagina. This is usually performed using tissue and muscle from other parts of the patient’s body and is commonly known as a vaginoplasty. If the purpose of the vaginectomy is to facilitate the sex change process, however, surgeons may surgically close off the birth canal.
Cancer is the main reason why a person’s vagina may need to be removed via vaginectomy.
In some cases, doctors do not find it necessary to remove a woman’s entire vagina. Instead, they can only remove part of it; sometimes they can remove the uterus, the tissues responsible for supporting it, as well as the cervix. Often, surgeries to remove the uterus, cervix, and upper part of the vagina are called radical hysterectomies.
Although vaginectomy may be necessary as a treatment for cancer or as part of a sex reassignment operation, there are risks involved. For example, a patient may experience excessive bleeding during this type of operation or experience an adverse reaction to anesthesia. Pain, infection, and blood clots may also occur. As far as the long-term effects of the surgery are concerned, patients may experience scarring, a decreased ability to experience orgasm, and swelling of the legs, thighs, and groin. This swelling can sometimes occur months or years after surgery.