During labor my labia minora tore upward exposing &splitting the clitoris. Chances of repair without further nerve trauma?

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Clitoral hood repair after childbirth and pregnancy

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The clitoral hood can get torn during delivery.  In our clinical experience, these can be repaired and reconstructed with excellent sensory return.


Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS
Los Angeles


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Labia minora tear during labor

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I have repaired many women with labia minora tears from delivery or other trauma. The tear extends often near to the clitoris as the weak areas are the folds leading from the clitoris.  I have never seen a clitoris tear from childbirth so I doubt your clitoris tore.  I have not had any nerve damage from these repairs as the nerves to the clitoris are not involved in the tear or the repair.  I use a variation of a wedge excision to repair the tear.  Often, a wedge reduction of the opposite side is necessary to achieve symmetry.  

Gary J. Alter, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Labia/clitoral tear during pregnancy

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I see at least a half a dozen patients per year with this similar mishap.  Although each tear is slightly different from the next, there is almost always a reconstructive option available.  The current anatomy and "nerve trauma" would first have to be assessed before recommending any surgical maneuver but most frequently the nerve supply can be preserved although not necessarily restored.  Glad to help.

Ryan Stanton, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

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