Metoidioplasty, like any surgical procedure, carries potential risks and complications. It’s important to be aware of these potential risks and discuss them with your surgeon before undergoing the surgery. Some possible risks and complications of metoidioplasty may include:

  1. Bleeding: Excessive bleeding during or after surgery is a potential risk. Your surgeon will take measures to minimize bleeding during the procedure and monitor you closely during the immediate post-operative period.
  2. Infection: There is a risk of developing an infection at the surgical site. Your surgeon will prescribe antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. It’s important to follow proper wound care instructions to minimize the risk of infection.
  3. Poor wound healing: Some individuals may experience delayed wound healing or wound breakdown, which can lead to delayed recovery or the need for additional procedures. Proper wound care and follow-up with your surgeon can help minimize this risk.
  4. Scar formation: Scarring is a normal part of the healing process after surgery. However, the appearance of scars can vary from person to person. Your surgeon will take steps to minimize visible scarring, but it’s important to understand that scars may be present.
  5. Urinary complications: Metoidioplasty can involve altering the urethra to allow for standing urination. However, there is a risk of complications such as urinary strictures (narrowing of the urethra) or urinary fistulas (abnormal connections between the urethra and surrounding structures). These complications may require additional surgical interventions.
  6. Sensation changes: There is a possibility of changes in sensation in the genital area after metoidioplasty. Some individuals may experience decreased sensitivity or altered sensation in the surgically modified areas.
  7. Aesthetic outcomes: The aesthetic outcome of metoidioplasty may not meet your specific expectations. It’s important to have realistic expectations and discuss your desired outcomes with your surgeon during the consultation.
  8. Psychological and emotional effects: Undergoing metoidioplasty can have psychological and emotional impacts. It’s important to have a thorough understanding of the potential effects and to have appropriate support systems in place before and after surgery.

It’s essential to discuss these risks and potential complications with your surgeon and carefully consider your individual circumstances and goals before proceeding with metoidioplasty. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed information and guidance regarding the risks and benefits specific to your situation.