Vulvectomy

A vulvectomy is done to remove the vulva or parts of it. The vulva is made up of the genital structures located on the outside of a female’s body. These structures are the clitoris, labia majora, and labia minora. Female GenitaliaCopyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, tenderness, a lot of bleeding, or discharge from the surgery site
    • Pain, redness, hot skin, or swelling in your legs
    • Burning or pain when urinating
    • Pain not controlled by the medication given
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Abdominal pain, chest pain, or trouble breathing
    • Wound opens

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    A vulvectomy is done to remove the vulva or parts of it. The vulva is made up of the genital structures located on the outside of a female’s body. These structures are the clitoris, labia majora, and labia minora.

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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    This is done to remove cancerous cells from the vulva. It may be able to cure vulvar cancer. It can also be done to remove abnormal skin, like warts.

  • Possible Complications

    If you are planning to have a vulvectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, like:

    • Bleeding
    • Pain, numbness, or tenderness of the vulva
    • Wound not closing properly
    • Infection
    • Blood clots in the legs
    • Tightness or dryness of the vagina
    • Inability to have an orgasm
    • Chronic leg swelling
    • Reaction to anesthesia

    Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:

    • Smoking
    • Drinking
    • Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity