The goals of Male to Female GRS is to create a functioning vagina, which allows transgender patients to enjoy normal vaginal intercourse and an aesthetically pleasing and natural looking surgical result, where scarring is as inconspicuous as possible.
On the whole this is exactly what Mr Thomas can provide through his advanced surgical methods and expert techniques, although common to all surgery, there are always surgical risks to fully consider before agreeing to go ahead with surgery. Fortunately, serious complications from GRS are uncommon.
At Consultation, Mr Thomas will be very specific about your individual case, your likely result and the specific post - operative risks and complications you should carefully consider. However, the more typical complications of Gender Reassignment Surgery are detailed below for your careful consideration:
Bleeding: bleeding or haematoma is rare (less than 0.5%).
Bruising: is relatively common and may take 2 weeks to begin to resolve.
Infection: is rare (less than 0.5%) and will require a course of antibiotics to irradicate any unwanted bacteria.
Swelling: is a common post-operative problem that can be eased by adequate rest & the application of ice packs to the affected area after surgery.
Irregularity Or Asymmetry Of The Labia: is uncommon and may result from excessive swelling or a disruption of stitches. This may require revision surgery to improve the final result.
Scarring: Hypertropic or Keloid scarring is rare but if it does occur it may require specific injection therapy or possibly revision surgery to improve the appearance of the scarring.
Reduced Sensitivity: is expected for 4 - 6 weeks before normal sensation begins to returns, occasionally sensitivity may remain lesser or greater than originally experienced.
Bowel Injury: is thankfully a very rare complication, but in theory an injury to the bowel could result in a fistula (leak) into the vagina. This is a very serious complication and the reason so much importance is placed on clearing out the bowel the day before surgery.
Urinary Retention: can occur after any surgery and if it occurs after reassignment surgery it may be necessary to insert a bladder catheter to relieve urine until normal bladder function is returned.
Penile Bulb Enlargement: may develop many months or even years following GRS, due to sexual activity stretching the tissue covering the bulb. This may require further surgery to reduce & restore a normal appearance.
Narrowing Of The External Meatus (Urinary opening): is rare post-opertive problem that can cause spraying of the urine or difficulty in passing urine. This problem can be corrected with a revision procedure called a Meatotomy.