It is important to note that each patient’s experience will be different and the below table is a generalised overview of what to expect pre operatively. Please discuss any questions or queries you may have with your clinical nurse specialist.
Time before surgery date
- Stop smoking, clinical nurse specialists can guide you through this
- A sexual health screen will be carried out at the one-stop clinic. If you are experiencing symptoms of sexually transmitted infections or diseases, than please visit your local sexual health services and let your clinic nurse specialist know
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After surgery & recovery (Metoidioplasty)
It is important to note that each patient’s experience will be different and the below table is a generalised overview of what to expect post operatively. Please discuss any questions or queries you may have with your clinical nurse specialist.
Time before surgery date
What might you expect?
- Dressings in place covering wounds
- Catheter in place
- There will be some pain and discomfort, you will be provided with pain relief medication
- You may feel a bit sore moving in and out of bed but the physiotherapist will help you mobilise
- There may be slight redness, bleeding and discharge for a few weeks after the procedure
What is safe to do?
- Eat and drink normally to give your body nutrition and hydration
- Dressing must be kept clean and dry
- Can wash around the area of the dressings
- If you have had a buccal graft taken, mouthwash will be provided for you
- Physiotherapy team will provide their input and advice
Fit to Work?
Information about visitors whilst in hospital:
Once you have been admitted to a ward, visitors are allowed (1-2 visitors at a time). The ward will have specific allocated visiting hours (typically between 2pm-8pm), this can be confirmed with the ward staff. For those that require a carer and or have special needs, details will be discussed with your Clinical Nurse Specialist prior to the day of surgery.
Supporting patients who may have additional needs when coming into hospital: The patient passport will tell us about your healthcare, your learning disability, how you like to communicate and howvto make things easier for you. You can carry your hospital passport and show it to healthcare staff at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust Hospital. It is intended to help health professionals during clinical discussions with patients that go beyond what is included in a person’s medical record.