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Hi ladies I've been offered a Fentons procedure. I'm worried after reading that it opens up your vaginal opening. Is this true? I don't want to all of a sudden become loose. I've had 4 children and work hard to stay fit. Just an old tear keeps tearing. Any thoughts
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Hi Annie, I don't know what a Fentons procedure is, and I don't know your exact conditions, but before you try a procedure that you're worried about, have you tried going the natural route (baking soda baths, Borax (sodium borate) treatments, various oils, dietary changes, and slowly stretching your vagina with a dilator)?
If you have LS and haven't tried these things, and there's no rush, it might be good to try them first.
Theres an alternative procedure, called the plymouth procedure which looks like it might make a neater job..... Look up dr Frappel and the plymouth procedure and there is a video which you can watch.....
i watched it with my eyes mostly closed..... Eek! dr frappel has retired now, but there must be other doctors who perform it.
Hoping for a great result, will keep you posted.
Hi Elizabeth. I've just googled the plymouth procedure. This looks much more suitable for me. I don't have insurance so will have to pay privately. Do you have any idea how much the procedure costs? Thanks for your help. I didn't want to go ahead with the Fentons.
I was lucky to have private insurance so only cost me $500 Australian plus some extras. The Plymoth procedure or Z Plasty is a technique they use for burns victims to remove the scar tissue, so sounds a lot more promising, so fingers crossed.
My doctor also tried a procedure called the Mona Lisa Touch, a series of three laser treatments that repair the damaged tissue, unfortunately this was not enough for me, but could be worth trying if the Lichen Sclerosus is not too advanced.
My operation was only two days ago, so will keep you informed,
Just wondering how you are getting on after your Z plasty? I'm currently looking into getting this done after a failed Fenton's.
The Z plasty is truly a miracle. I have had this condition for 14 years and the last 5 have been a struggle.
The Z plasty has totally repaired the skin where it always tears and my surgeon has also divided the labia that was covering my clitoris.
My husband and I have been able to have intercourse and I cannot tell you how wonderful I feel.
It has given us our intimacy back and I can never thank my wonderful surgeon enough. I know it it early days, but so far everything is amazing.
Please look up a procedure called the Plymoth procedure by Dr Johnathon Frappel. It is virtually the same operation, maybe try Googling Z plasty and see who you can find.
I will keep you posted, but so far so good.
Also, make sure you get a biopsy, as I never had one and the Lichen Sclerosis was diagnosed by sight only. I had a biopsy during the Z plasty and it is acutally Chronic Ezcema. If I had the right diagnosis earlier, maybe there would have been a different outcome.
Best of luck,
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.
My condition doesn't sound as though it is as bad as yours was. I have never been diagnosed with lichen sclerosis, just a chronic tearing which lead to a build up of scar tissue that was removed in the Fentons but it has not made any difference. The tearing has been going on for probably around 9 years now, but it has been in the last 2 years that it became so unbearable I couldn't have sex at all. At 29 and with no children yet I really worry about the possibility of ever getting my sex life back and having children, but it sounds as though there is hope!
Really glad to hear that the z-plasty has worked for you. I have read about the Plymouth procedure which sounds like a good option.
Do keep me posted on your progress. I hope all goes well.
Thanks again for sharing.
I have tried everything after being diagnosed with Lichen Sclerois 12 years ago. Three years ago I had the Fentons procedure and sorry to say it made absolutely no difference.
I live in Melbourne Australia and was lucky enough to be sent to a wonderful women's health physiotherapist. She put me in touch with a Doctor who does the Mona Lisa Laser treatment., which helps repair the tissue and skin around the vulva area.
Unfortunately, it did little for me, however the same Doctor performs a procedure called a Z plasty, a procedure used on burns victims to get rid of scar tissure etc. he does not have a lot of faith in the Fentons procedure, saying it fails most of the time.
If you look up Dr Johnathon Frappel he does a similar procedure to the Z plasty and there is a video you can watch.
I will let you know how it goes, fingers crossed for a good outcome.
Suggest you look at the video and then be very choosy about which consultant you see.....
I know you posted this many years ago but wondering if you still check this?
I am in Melbourne and have had a failed fentons. Now looking for the next option.
Hope to hear from you soon.
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