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Keywords:

  • Female Genital Cutting;
  • Female Genital Mutilation;
  • Reconstructive Surgery;
  • Sexual Functioning;
  • Africa

Abstract

Introduction

Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves the partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia and/or other injury to the female genital organs whether for cultural or other nontherapeutic reasons.

Aims

The study aims to describe the method of and findings from reconstructive surgery for FGM victims.

Methods

We present a case of a 24-year-old Sudanese female, who had undergone ritual FGM type III as a young girl. She had suffered from a large, vulval mass for the last 6 years and came to the clinic because of apareunia. We performed mass excision and reconstructive surgery of the mutilated genital tissue.

Results

The giant mass was successfully removed. Remaining genital tissues were approximated and sutured, with hemostasis assured for the reconstructed organs on each side.

Conclusion

Reconstructive surgery for women who suffer sexual consequences from FGM is feasible, with a high degree of client acceptance and satisfaction. It restores some of women's natural genital anatomy, and offers the potential for improved female sexuality. Fazari ABE, Berg RC, Mohammed WA, Gailii EB, and Elmusharaf K. Reconstructive surgery for female genital mutilation starts sexual functioning in Sudanese woman: A case report. J Sex Med 2013;10:2861–2865.