Yes, you will need to have a catheter after vaginoplasty. A catheter is a thin tube that is inserted into your bladder to allow you to urinate. This is necessary because the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body, is often reconstructed during vaginoplasty. The catheter will be in place for about 5-7 days after surgery to allow the urethra to heal.

The catheter will be inserted by the surgeon during surgery. It will be taped to your leg and connected to a drainage bag. You will need to empty the drainage bag regularly. The surgeon or a nurse will show you how to do this.

It is important to keep the catheter clean and dry. You will be given instructions on how to care for the catheter. It is also important to drink plenty of fluids to help prevent urinary tract infections.

The catheter will be removed by the surgeon or a nurse. This is usually a painless procedure. After the catheter is removed, you will be able to urinate normally.

Here are some tips for caring for your catheter after vaginoplasty:

  • Keep the catheter clean and dry.
  • Empty the drainage bag regularly.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Call your surgeon or nurse if you have any problems with the catheter.

The use of a catheter after vaginoplasty can vary based on the specific surgical techniques used and individual factors. In many cases, a catheter is temporarily placed during the surgery and may be removed shortly after the procedure or within a day or two post-surgery.

During vaginoplasty, the surgical team may need to access the bladder to create the neovagina. In some cases, a catheter is inserted into the urethra to drain urine from the bladder during the surgery. This helps keep the surgical field clear and allows the surgeon to perform the procedure more effectively.

After the surgery, the catheter is typically removed once the surgical team determines that it is safe and appropriate to do so. The timing of catheter removal can vary, but it is usually done within a short time frame after the surgery.

If you have specific concerns or questions about the use of a catheter during vaginoplasty, it’s essential to discuss them with your surgical team. They will provide you with detailed information about the surgical process, post-operative care, and any temporary medical devices used during and after the procedure.

It’s important to follow your surgical team’s instructions closely regarding post-operative care and any medical devices to ensure a smooth recovery and minimize the risk of potential complications. They will be available to address any concerns or questions you may have throughout your recovery process.