7 Weeks Post-op, & Stage 2 Update

Heys folks. Not really a ton to update about this week, in terms of things looking differently, so no pictures. I do have the last remaining stitches from my glansplasty finally flaking off, which is nice. My arm pretty much looks the same as last week as do the rest of my scars. I’m still having a bit of trouble with the hole along my v-nectomy and decided to have a “local” (90 min away) specialist look at it, just to make sure there is no infection and to have someone actually following me, since I’m really not seeing anyone right now. So this afternoon I’m driving to Boston to meet with a urogynecologist… ugh… It’s for the best though. After the appointment I plan to send an email to Crane and follow up with him as well to cross check any instructions I’m giving to make sure it’s safe and he concurs. The main thing I want to confirm is that there is no infection, which it doesn’t look like there is. Last weekend I was running a fever though and feeling really ill, so, another reason to be checking in with someone about it all. The other thing I’m not sure if I should be doing is packing the hole. I know a lot of guys have been instructed to pack their wounds and Crane never told me to do that when I had my last post-op appointment with him. Since I left CA, the hole did open a bit further into an area just below, where the incision line looked weak, so I was expecting that to happen. It’s still relatively small. I don’t think I could fit the tip of my pinky in their. So hopefully after meeting with him and emailing Crane I’ll have some further direction on how to move forward. I think it’s just going to take time, as my understanding with wounds that are holes is that they need to heal/fill in from the inside.

I’m generally feeling really well! I had initially taken 3 months off work and I’m now considering going back a month early! I feel strong. To be honest I probably could have gone back at 6 weeks, it would have been tough, and I’m glad I’ve had the extra time to take it easy and continue to heal, but I just don’t know that I need an entire extra month. Depending on how today goes, I might contact my employer and let them know. The hole along the v-nectomy is sore and annoying, but it’s really not bad enough to keep me from working. My arm is still stiff and not 100% but I think working will just be further exercise and rehab for it getting back to normal faster.

Lastly, I’ve scheduled my date for stage 2!!! I currently have a date to get the inflatable pump and one testicular implant on October 11th, 2016 with Chen! At some point I’m going to have a phone “consult” with him about some remaining questions that I have surrounding the surgery as well as the best practices they use. So I won’t get into all of that right now, but I will eventually do a detailed posting with the info I find out. I’ll check in again at 8 weeks.

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3 thoughts on “7 Weeks Post-op, & Stage 2 Update”

  1. Yeah so, you are correct that you do not want to pack the v-hole because it heals from the inside out. As it is healing, it is expelling bad things (like bad bacteria, etc), and if you pack it, then the things that are expelled have nowhere to go. Additionally, wounds that are holes take much longer to heal (a few months) than what we normally think of wounds as, like slits. This is bc with slits, since the “opposite” side of the skin is so close, it does not need to heal from the inside out. Instead, it is easier for the opposite sides of the skin to “reach” each other and close up, whereas wounds that are holes heal from the inside out (as already mentioned), and during that time, there is no skin to protect against infection and there is more dermis tissue to rebuild. Also, “normal” wounds are usually more superficial.

    Disclaimer that I am not a medical professional and you should still confirm everything with your doctors.

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    1. Actually, I’ve been instructed to pack this wound. Packing a wound and letting it heal from the inside out is called “secondary intention”. The packaging of the wound absorbs the fluid that is draining and keeps the area more dry.

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