|Dr. Martine Fankhauser
Gynaecologist / Obstetrician
GYNAECOLOGICAL COSMETIC SURGERY, like any other type of surgery, entails risks:
- Risks Linked to the Anaesthesia: whether local, associated or not with an intravenous sedation, or general.
- Risks Associated with the Patient's General Health: allergies, arterial hypertension, diabetes, poor circulation, smoking, obesity, daily use of certain medicines such anticoagulants, etc.).
- Risks Linked to the Surgical Procedure: hematomas, infection, tissue necrosis, implant rejection, sensitive skin problems on the operated area, desired result not obtained (e.g. asymmetry).
- Risks Associated with the Use of Medicines or Drugs: allergy. Prevention of thrombosis using daily injections of Heparin; prevention of infections using antibiotics.
During the pre-operative consultation, you must inform the doctor of your personal and family medical and surgical background, as well as of any current treatments. The doctor will, in turn, inform you of any details you would like to hear about the operational methods; she will advise you against the operation if she considers it necessary and will give a descriptive outline of your procedure.
Complications are rare, but they could occur in this as in any other operation.
Cystitis: A bladder infection is possible after this type of operation, particularly when a catheter is used. We will take all the necessary precautions and we can prescribe you an antibiotic treatment.
Problems Emptying the Bladder: Very rarely, in the case of a lifting of the bladder, the patient may temporarily find it difficult to fully empty the bladder. In this case, we will reinsert a catheter into the bladder and we can prescribe a medicine to encourage the evacuation reflex.
Post-Operative Bleeding: It is rare for there to be bleeding after vaginal surgery. Sometimes it may be necessary to insert a second hygienic tampon in the vagina or make a second cauterisation.
Hypertrophic Scarring: All surgical procedures produce scars. In regards to vulvar or vaginal surgery, the scars are generally minimal in all respects. However, any scar maturation process requires 18 months.
During the maturation phase, the scarring is more intense in the first three months. Exceptionally, there may be complications with the scarring, such as hypersensitivity, pain or hardness. Hypertrophic scars may require a corrective operation.