Sex reassignment surgeries are known, not only for the great change it represents for the patient. Also due to its great complexity.
However, at present there are great advances and professionals who make this type of process more bearable.
Physiotherapy plays a fundamental role in this type of intervention, due to different factors.
THE ROLE OF PHYSIOTHERAPY IN A VAGINOPLASTY
In a vaginoplasty, the testicles are removed and a new vagina and vulva are reconstructed. It is a surgery, as we have said, of great magnitude.
However, the postoperative process is equally or even more important.
WHEN DOES PHYSIOTHERAPY INTERVENE?
In the first weeks after the operation, physiotherapy performs a lymphatic drainage work, with the aim of reducing the inflammation of the intervention itself.
Approximately a month later, the patient will begin with the use of dilators, being the physiotherapist who teaches the correct use of them, therefore, adequate drainage is essential so that the discomfort is less.
The use of dilators should be daily, following some guidelines and recommendations, so that the inflammation does not increase or there is discomfort.
That is why it is important that the patient is instructed and helped by a professional.
Over time, with the loss and removal of the stitches, physiotherapy with the help of radiofrequency will be aimed at:
-Improve the elasticity of the fabric.
-Remove adhesions that may have arisen.
-Stabilize the adjacent muscles.
Without forgetting, the improvement of the pain itself and the symptoms related to urination, defecation, movement of the bladder and sexual intercourse.