During a vulvectomy, all or part of the vulva is removed. Sometimes, the groin lymph nodes are removed at the same time.
Also Known As:
- Vulva surgery
- Skinning vulvectomy
- Vulva cancer
- Simple vulvectomy
- Surgical removal of the vulva
Conditions Treated with a Vulvectomy:
A vulvectomy is utilized in order to treat genital warts and vulvar cancer. It is also performed in order to remove pre-cancerous tissue.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to a vulvectomy.
Anesthesia with a Vulvectomy:
A vulvectomy is typically performed under local anesthesia. It can also be performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from a Vulvectomy:
Possible risks following a vulvectomy include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. Depending on how extensive the procedure is, it is also possible to experience vulvar deformity or a problem with clitoral stimulation.
Prognosis after a Vulvectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following a vulvectomy is good. Cancer is usually successfully removed.