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If you've been scheduled for a Vulvectomy, you probably have some questions. Our guide offers the answers you're looking for, and helps you prepare for your operation.
Why do I need this surgery?
The vulva is the external (outside) part of the female genitals. The vulva includes the outer and inner lip, the clitoris and the openings to the urethra and the vagina. This surgery removes a portion of the vulva. Another term for this is wide local excision of the vulva. This may be performed for vulvar cancer, pre-cancerous lesions or other skin conditions of the vulva. Depending on your diagnosis and what you and your doctor decide, you may also have some lymph nodes from your groin removed.
What type of surgery am I having?
There are different types of surgery for the vulva:
If you have a diagnosis of vulvar cancer, some of the lymph nodes in your groin (area between your stomach and thigh) may be removed. This will have been discussed with your doctor. There are different types of surgery for removal of lymph nodes from the groin:
What tests will I need before surgery?
You will likely require a
CT scan of your chest, abdomen and pelvis before your surgery.
How long will I stay in the hospital?
Some patients may go home the same day of surgery. If your doctor admits you to hospital after surgery, you will be in the hospital for about 1 day.