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So my surgery is two months away and I am now trying to get supplies for post op vaginoplasty and wanted to find out if people would share stuff they needed, items that came in handy and stuff they didn’t know they needed but realized they did. Thank you
 

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So my surgery is two months away and I am now trying to get supplies for post op vaginoplasty and wanted to find out if people would share stuff they needed, items that came in handy and stuff they didn’t know they needed but realized they did. Thank you
Good idea, this questions has not been asked yet!

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Welcome to TransRefuge Madrhode! My surgery is in 13 days, and my list for post surgery includes lots of salt as I need to take 2 salt baths per day, super and regular pads, a donut cushion, loose crotched clothing, plain cotton panties, an extendable back scratcher for legs and feet, and all the prescription drugs you need for a month. If you are having full depth, of course dilators and lube!

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Had the shallow vaginoplasty in July. The donut cushion didn't need immediately since I wasn't supposed to sit for 4 weeks. That meant no driving so got it beforehand. I didn't need more than regular panty liner pads but had some thicker on hand in case. Pre-op I wore my panties a size too small for tucking so got one pack of cotton panties in the right size.
Didn't need a back scratcher but that and a grabber would be good to have if you'll be alone for extended periods during recovery.

I believe dilators are supplied at discharge but will let the ladies that had full depth go over that.

Something else to plan for is a way to occupy your time. You're not totally inactive but there is a lot of lying about. Get your books or Netflix ready.
 

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So my surgery is two months away and I am now trying to get supplies for post op vaginoplasty and wanted to find out if people would share stuff they needed, items that came in handy and stuff they didn’t know they needed but realized they did. Thank you
Hi, my name is Moni and I had full depth with Dr. McGinn three years ago. Welcome to the Refuge forum. I actually found it useful to be on a forum as I went through my procedure. Whether you are here or somewhere else, it's nice to have folks cheering you on. Also, you can say, this or that is happening and have other opinions on whether it seems okay or not. You know, feedback! As for physical items, in my case, I had a fair amount of bleeding and had to have the incisions open for a bit, so the drainage could happen. If this is the case, it is nice to have some different size pads available because the same size pad over and over, chaffed the same areas and they became sore. They also wanted pressure on the area so I used a cut off panty hose top for this. I found loose tops or nightgowns useful. I was happy not struggling with pants. The donut some might find helpful. I found I would be more comfortable just sitting on one cheek or the other. I got a tray for home recovery. It had a tilt function and height adjustment function. It was great for using with food, computer, book, or whatever. These were the non obvious things I can think of. The best thing I brought to my surgery was a sense of adventure. It may sound weird, but that is how I prepared myself. I was determined to enjoy as much of it as I could. Having positive thoughts was a big plus. I look back on that time as one of the best in my life.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. And good luck.
 

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Thanks for asking that question Madrhode. Welcome to TransRefuge, and nice to meet you. Great question! I don't have a date yet, but the plan is full depth vaginoplasty. A big shout out to everyone here that offers their experience. I have started purchasing the necessary things for post-op. I was told I would get a pre-op list of everything I will need for prep and recovery. I was told a horse shoe type neck brace is less painful than a donut, for sitting. Good luck with your surgery.

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Lots of folks have mentioned having pads (light & heavy), and looser clothing including some breathable cotton briefs.

There are some other supplies I suggest:
1) Large pads like Chux, sometimes sold as puppy training pads. These go on the bed to catch leakage from catheters, and later to lay on when dilating.
2) A case of Surgilube or other recommended lube for initial weeks of dilation. I bought a case of a dozen of the 5 oz tubes, and it lasted me about 5 weeks on my initial dilation schedule.
3) Baby wipes, for cleaning and post-dilation cleanup
4) roll of paper towels on the nightstand for the zillion unexpected things that will happen
5) Antibiotic ointment, just in case
6) “Wound Wash” or similar saline solution to flush out any injuries like popped stitches before applying antibiotic ointment
7) Gauze pads, for general wound care
8) medical paper tape

I have a closet stocked with this stuff, as well as for FFS recovery in “Michelle’s Home For Wayward Women and the Culinary Arts”. We’ve tended post-op patients.
 

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I also need to wash with salt water after using the bathroom, and a friend suggested I take a pint plastic bottle with pre mixed salt solution and a small clean towel with me when I go anywhere!

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What are the recommendations for those who have the limited depth surgery?


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What are the recommendations for those who have the limited depth surgery?


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I would think similar except for the lube!
 

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So far most everything that has been mentioned I am working on. I got 200 pads. I’ve been taking two or three from work as they are free and also I saw these for post partum women and so I got family for Christmas by a case or two for me but it’s basically a maxi pad and ice pack in one..... thank you and I’m glad to be here.
 

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Welcome to TransRefuge Madrhode! My surgery is in 13 days, and my list for post surgery includes lots of salt as I need to take 2 salt baths per day, super and regular pads, a donut cushion, loose crotched clothing, plain cotton panties, an extendable back scratcher for legs and feet, and all the prescription drugs you need for a month. If you are having full depth, of course dilators and lube!

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Allie
Back scratcher added to my surgery lists on amazon
 

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Hi! Can I ask who your surgeon is? Your ability to have someone just run out a get a needed item might be easier in some places and harder in others. Don't know how easy it is overseas for example. If you have to fly to the surgeon that might affect what you can pack.
 

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Hi! Can I ask who your surgeon is? Your ability to have someone just run out a get a needed item might be easier in some places and harder in others. Don't know how easy it is overseas for example. If you have to fly to the surgeon that might affect what you can pack.
Dr santucci at crane center in Austin. I only live 40 minutes away and will be doing all my recovery at home
 

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So far most everything that has been mentioned I am working on. I got 200 pads. I’ve been taking two or three from work as they are free and also I saw these for post partum women and so I got family for Christmas by a case or two for me but it’s basically a maxi pad and ice pack in one..... thank you and I’m glad to be here.
Madrhode, thanks for sharing this. I did not know you could get a cold pack like that. I know of other cold packs (I used them during my FFS recovery), but they would be too bulky to use for post-op GCS.
 

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Madrhode, thanks for sharing this. I did not know you could get a cold pack like that. I know of other cold packs (I used them during my FFS recovery), but they would be too bulky to use for post-op GCS.
Here I come with my question, why a cold pack? Heat helps healing (tissue reknitting)

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