Surgeries & Procedures-FtM
WHO IS A CANDIDATE?
Patients undergoing scrotal reconstruction who requires additional local skin. Usually
following either Metoidioplasty or Phalloplasty.
Expansion and growth of new skin so that a permanent prosthesis can be placed.
An expander of the proper size and shape is placed under the skin in the desired
location. The expanders are slowly expanded over a three month or greater period.
The procedure may be performed under either local I.V. sedation or under general
sedation, on an outpatient or inpatient basis.
Following placement, the expander is gradually filled with saline injected into a "fill port"
which will be located either internally or externally. Dr. Meltzer will discuss these
options at your pre-operative visit.
When enough expanded or new skin is present, the expanders will be removed and
permanent prostheses will be placed.
RECUPERATION AND HEALING
Placement of the expander is usually not very painful. Postoperative discomfort is
usually easily controlled with oral medication.
Gradual expansion of the implant will cause a visible bulge in the treated area that may
require a temporary change in clothing styles.
While expanding it is very important to watch for signs of infection and or extrusion.
HOW LONG SHOULD I STAY IN SCOTTSDALE?
This procedure, when performed using Local anesthesia, is an in-office procedure.
Following the procedure you will be discharged to a hotel or home if you are a local
patient. You will need to stay in Scottsdale an additional 2 nights. In total you need to
plan on being in town at least 3 to 4 nights.
Following reconstruction, subsequent procedures may be necessary to improve the scars
or the appearance of the reconstructed area.
Prepayment for this procedure is required.
Dr. Meltzer neither participates nor bills for any insurance companies.
Please read the INSURANCE section of the FINANCIAL POLICY for more detailed
The specific risks and suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be
determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree
of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major
complications occur rarely.
The testicular expanders will need to be removed if one requires an MRI. Please discuss
this with one of our nurses if you have any questions or concerns. However, they do
not need to be removed for a CAT scan.
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information,
or call our office at 1-480-657-7006 or toll-free at 1-866-876-6329.