Resection of the Hymen

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What is resection of the Hymen?

A vulvar or vaginal excision is when the hymenal band is removed.

When is it used?

This procedure is done to open the vaginal introitus.

What are the benefits of this procedure?

The abnormal tissue on the vagina or vulvar is removed. The vagina will then allow placement of a tampon.

What are the risks associated with this procedure?

  • Damage to a vein or artery that could cause serious bleeding.
  • You develop infection in your incision.
  • Chronic pain or scarring.

How do I prepare for a resection of the hymen?

Follow your health care provider's instructions about not smoking before and after the procedure. Smokers heal more slowly after surgery. They are also more likely to have breathing problems during surgery. For this reason, if you are a smoker, you should quit at least 2 weeks before the procedure. It is best to quit 6 to 8 weeks before surgery. Also, your wounds will heal much better if you do not smoke after surgery.

Follow any other instructions your provider gives you. If you are to have general anesthesia, eat a light meal, such as soup or salad, the night before surgery. Do not eat or drink after midnight.  Do not even drink coffee, tea, or water.

What happens after the procedure?

First, plan for your care and recovery after the procedure, especially if you are to have general anesthesia. Arrange to have someone take you home and stay with you for a while after the procedure. Allow for time to rest. Try to find people to help you with your daily duties for 24 hours after the procedure.

You may go home later in the day.  You should avoid heavy lifting, tampons, douching, and sexual intercourse for 2 weeks after the procedure. Ask your health care provider what other steps you should take and when you should come back for a checkup.

When should I call Greenville OB/GYN

Call our emergency number at any time if:

  • You have a fever over 100 F (37.8 C).

Call during regular office hours if:

  • You have questions about the procedure or its result.
  • You want to make another appointment.

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