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Labiaplasty Negligence

If your labiaplasty was negligently performed, resulting in a poor outcome, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Contact us today to find out more.

Why have a labiaplasty?

A labiaplasty is when the size of the labia are surgically reduced. A woman may request this surgery is she naturally has very large labia and this is uncomfortable for her, causing problems during sexual intercourse, exercise and while wearing tight clothing (such as jeans).

A labiaplasty may also be requested by a woman who has sustained a labial perforation during labour but the injury was not properly repaired. Labial perforation is a recognised complication of vaginal delivery and it can leave a woman with deformed, painful labia.

How is a labiaplasty performed?

There are a number of acceptable ways in which labial reduction is performed. The simplest way is to trim the labial tissue away and to suture the resulting raw edge. This has to be performed carefully in order to give a natural and even looking appearance without unsightly lumps or nodules at each end of the scar.

An alternative method is to remove a wedge of labial tissue perpendicular to the edge of the labium minus and then to close the triangular defect with stitches. Another alternative is to incise parallel to the margin of the labium minus and to remove the tissue internal to this, thereby preserving the natural edge of the labium minus. Both these techniques involve suturing wound which, if infection and wound breakdown occur, resulting in complex and floppy labial remnants.

Labiaplasty complications

Wound dehiscence resulting in complete failure of the wedge excision wound is a recognised complication of labiaplasty. Perforation resulting from a haematoma causing partial breakdown of the wound is also a recognised complication.

The complications of wound infection and breakdown of the repair are relatively rare but are common enough to warrant blunt explicit discussion with any patient undergoing this form of surgery. There is a tendency to underestimate the impact of these surgical complications and patients are not always warned of the risks.

If a patient is not informed of these possible complications, there will be a shortfall in the standard of care in terms of planning and pre-operative consent.

Can you make a claim?

If you believe you were not fully informed of the risks of labiaplasty, or you believe the surgery was performed negligently, please get in touch with us today to discuss your options.

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