Transitioning from male to female involves several surgeries. Possessing a full female anatomy, including the genital area, is part of the final transition and a future living life with your body matching your inner self. One surgical procedure that may be performed is a “colon graft.” This groundbreaking procedure is a non-penile inversion technique. The surgery may also be appropriate for SRS patients who are living with a surgically-created vagina that was too shallow in depth and needs to be altered.
When one of our brave patients is moving through transition from male to female, creating natural-looking genitalia is a critical point. The surgical procedure employed can vary, patient to patient. Some patients may be candidates for this procedure when they meet the following criteria:
The decision about which surgery to employ in your case will be based upon several factors, including the final appearance and functionality you want to achieve. Colon graft surgery has the advantage of creating a deeper vaginal canal, which can be an important issue for the individual patient. At Beverly Hills Transgender Surgery, Dr. Sinclair works closely with each patient to determine the most effective procedure to suit the individual patient.
The most common SRS technique is penile inversion vaginoplasty. This procedure is less invasive and known to produce excellent results for most transitioning patients. In colon graft surgery, a section of the colon is used to create the vaginal lining for a nicely-proportioned, self-lubricating vagina of greater depth than can be achieved with penile inversion vaginoplasty. This is a complex surgery, requiring about seven hours to complete. The procedure involves sectioning part of the colon through an incision placed on the lower abdomen.
The section of the colon is connected to the perineum with genital skin flaps, with the entire female genital area structured during surgery for a natural look and function. While this surgical technique has the drawback of leaving an abdominal scar and is more complex, requiring a longer surgery, it may be a more appropriate surgery for some patients who are in good health. Dr. Sinclair performs both types of surgeries and can discuss the pros and cons of each technique with you in a private consultation, so you can make an informed decision.
Many SRS surgeons rely on only one surgical technique for transitioning patients, typically offering only the classic technique, the skin graft procedure. Dr. Sinclair is dedicated to serving the transgender community and offers more options for this critical aspect of full transition from male to female.
As one of the premier plastic surgeons practicing transgender surgery in the Los Angeles area, Dr. Sinclair’s experience, scope of knowledge, and decades serving the community has led to his reputation for surgical excellence. Have questions or concerns? We invite you to connect with us today.