How Long Does It Take to Recover from Gender Reassignment Surgery?

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Gender Reassignment Surgery?

How long does gender reassignment surgery take?

What is the Post-Operative Care for Gender Reassignment Surgery?

Male to Female Surgery Care:

. After 3 days in the hospital for the surgery, for the recovery time, the patient has to stay in the area for 10 to 12 days.

. The patient can perform light work in 4 to 6 weeks. Strenuous work and exercise can begin by 6 to 8 weeks.

. Dilation (stretching the vagina walls periodically) should be done as per the surgeon's after care instructions, with a frequency of twice a week till 13 weeks.

. A good dilator that is large and comfortably fits inside the vagina should be used.

. The vagina should be douched (cleaned in a particular way) as per surgeon’s instructions.

. Painkillers according to the surgeon's prescription should be administered in the different stages of healing after the gender reassignment.

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Female to Male Surgery Care:

. After 2 days in the hospital, the patient will have to stay in the area for about 5 to 6 days.

. Small work can be resumed in 2 weeks. More strenuous exercise can only be started after 4 to 6 weeks.

. A compression binder might have to be worn during the recovery stages for 6 weeks. It primarily depends on the surgeon's advice.

. There will be less than moderate pain after surgery for a few weeks depending on how the surgery was done.  This will be taken care of by the surgeon who will prescribe necessary painkillers.

. Sutures in the top surgery will be removed in about a week.

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About Iranian Surgery

Iranian surgery is an online medical tourism platform where you can find the best Gender Reassignment Surgeons in Iran. The price of a Gender Reassignment Surgery in Iran can vary according to each individual’s case and will be determined based on photos and an in-person assessment with the doctor.

For more information about the cost of Gender Reassignment Surgery in Iran and to schedule an appointment in advance, you can contact Iranian Surgery consultants via WhatsApp number +98 901 929 0946. This service is completely free.

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. Activities

You are expected to stay only in your hotel room for sufficient rest and proper healing during the first 2 weeks of recovery after sex reassignment surgery.

Our affiliated hotels routinely offer room service for your breakfast without extra charge throughout your entire stay and we also recommend you use room service for your lunch & dinner during the first 2 weeks of recovery after SRS.

Some light activities inside the hotel, for example taking food at the dining room or chatting at the hotel lobby is possible after 2 week recovery from SRS, however you should ask our nurses if you are already fit enough to do such activities.

. Medication

We offer all necessary medications throughout your recovery in Iran and also home medications taken while recovering in your country without additional charge.

It is necessary to strictly follow our medication instruction and complete the prescribed course of your prophylactic antibiotic therapy.

Potent pain reliever (Narcotic like medication- for example tramadol) is routinely provided to ensure that you are feeling comfortable.

You are not allowed to take Estrogen Hormones during your recovery in Iran because it may put you at risk for DVT (development of blood clots on deep veins of the legs) while taking your flight back home.

You can resume your HRT (Hormonal replacement therapy) as soon as you arrive home. Later on, you can probably reduce your estrogen dose and completely discontinue androgen suppressors, however this delicate adjustment should be taken care of by your hormone specialist.

. Scars never disappear.  It takes about one year for scars to heal completely and during the first few months they are usually pink or reddish and sometimes tender and raised, but between six months and a year they usually become flat, white and soft and are barely visible by 8-12 months after surgery.

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Post-operative Diet

. The morning right after surgery liquid diet is recommended.

. A balanced diet that is high in fruits, vegetables and fibre is recommended for the first few weeks after surgery.

. Meat is alright. Cheese should be avoided.

. Smoking should be avoided to speed recovery up.

. Low Sodium Diet should be undergone, as sodium causes water retention.

. Alcohol intake should be kept to a bare minimum the first few weeks. It's good if the patient doesn't drink at all.

Life after surgery

After surgery, most Trans women and men are happy with their new sex and feel comfortable with their gender identity. One review of a number of studies that were carried out over a 20-year period found that 96% of people who had genital reconstructive surgery were satisfied.

Despite high levels of personal satisfaction, people who have had genital reconstructive surgery may face prejudice or discrimination because of their condition. Treatment can sometimes leave people feeling:

. Isolated, if they're not with people who understand what they're going through

. Stressed about or afraid of not being accepted socially

. Discriminated against at work

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There are legal safeguards to protect against discrimination, but other types of prejudice may be harder to deal with. If you're feeling anxious or depressed since having your treatment, speak to your GP or a healthcare professional at your clinic.

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