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After your procedure, you will most likely experience swelling, bruising, tenderness and discomfort. These are not complications, but rather the body’s normal reactions to surgery. We will do everything possible to ensure you are well prepared and well cared for, so you can start enjoying your stunning results as soon as possible.

Dr. Satterwhite will provide prescriptions for pain medications, as well as compression garments, dressings and drains, depending on the type of procedure you have. If non-absorbable sutures are used, they will typically be removed around 7-14 days post-op.

Some suggested supplies to hand on hand after your surgery include:

  • Books, magazines, movies
  • Neosporin or Aquaphor
  • Ice packs for pain
  • Extra underwear
  • Sweat pants
  • Lap desk
  • Thick pillow or medical donut for comfort while sitting or traveling
  • Hand mirror that allows you to see what you’re doing when changing dressings

WHAT RESOURCES AND SUPPORT ARE AVAILABLE POST-OPERATION?

Quest House and TransHeartLine offer services and support in the San Francisco bay area and are a resource for our post-surgery patients.

Quest House has a mission to assist with lodging and supportive services to tans-males undergoing lower surgery. It is a community-based group designed to honor those making this transition. Please visit their website to find out more:

After Surgery Information


TransHeartLine helps to provide post-operation housing and education for those in the Bay Area. This resource can be invaluable for creating a safe and supportive healing environment for those undergoing gender confirmation. Visit their website for more information:

After Surgery Information

    After Surgery FAQ's

    What kind of activities can I engage in?

    In the beginning, you will need to abstain from all strenuous exercise, including bending, lifting and aerobics for around 4-6 weeks. You don’t want to put any strain or pressure on your incisions. Walking, however, is encouraged, as this can help get your circulation flowing.

    You should not drive while take narcotic pain medications. You need to be clear-headed when on the road in case you have to stop for an emergency. Arrange to take an Uber or have a friend drive you around while you are healing.

    Can I smoke after my surgery?

    You will need to abstain from smoking for at least 30 days after your surgery. Smoking can seriously inhibit the body’s ability to heal.

    What kind of diet should I follow after surgery?

    You may be a little constipated after surgery, so consider drinking prune juice and using Miralax for relief. Avoid taking Metamucil or other fiber drinks, as these can sometimes worsen one’s constipation during a period of inactivity. Mineral oil, magnesium citrate or milk of magnesia will also help with constipation. Other than these notes, you will be able to resume eating all the regular foods you like right away. If you do drink alcohol, remember to do so in moderation.

    Can I shower?

    Your incisions will take 2-3 weeks to heal, so if you shower, avoid spraying the water directly on your incisions. After you rinse off, pat your skin very gently with a towel. You may also opt for a sponge bath, which has less chance of interfering with your bandages and dressings.

    Depending on your operation, the type of dressings you have, and how you are healing, Dr. Satterwhite and his team will instruct you specifically when you can shower and bathe post-operatively. In general, most patients can begin showering a few days to 1 week after their procedure.

    Is there anything else I should know?

    These are very general instructions, but rest assured Dr. Satterwhite will provide a full, detailed roadmap for your recovery based on your individual procedure. You will have several follow-up visits at our office to ensure your healing is on track, but do not hesitate to call at any hour should something out of the ordinary arise. Thanks to Dr. Satterwhite’s skilled, efficient approach, most clients find their recovery to be far more agreeable and manageable then they had imagined.

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