A vaginectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the vagina. It is typically performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will make an incision in the vulva and then remove the vagina. The incision is then closed with stitches.

The type of vaginectomy that is performed will depend on the individual’s circumstances. If only part of the vagina is removed, it is called a partial vaginectomy. If the entire vagina is removed, it is called a total vaginectomy.

Vaginectomy is most commonly performed to treat vaginal cancer. It can also be performed as part of gender affirmation surgery for transgender men.

The recovery from vaginectomy varies depending on the extent of the surgery. Some people may be able to go home the same day as surgery, while others may need to stay in the hospital for a few days. Most people will experience some pain and discomfort after surgery. This can be managed with pain medication.

The risks of vaginectomy include bleeding, infection, and difficulty urinating. These risks are generally low.

If you are considering vaginectomy, it is important to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of the procedure. They can help you decide if vaginectomy is the right choice for you.

Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful:

  • Vaginectomy: Overview: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/vaginectomy/about/pac-20384784
  • Vaginectomy: Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/treatment-types/surgery/vaginectomy/vaginectomy-faq.html
  • Vaginectomy: Recovery: https://www.healthline.com/health/vaginectomy#recovery