Phalloplasty Photographs

Please note that intraoperative photos are included and may be uncomfortable to view for some. Also, please remember that the flap portion of phalloplasty (urethra within phallus, phallus itself, and glansplasty) is performed by the microsurgeons (Drs. Buntic, LinSafa, and Watt from The Buncke Clinicat time of single stage phalloplasty; the genital, scrotal, and urethral reconstruction is performed by the reconstructive urologist. Delayed glansplasties (glansplasties done about 3-6 months after initial phalloplasty) are performed by plastic or urologic surgeons.

ALT Donor site
ALT Donor site

The "ideal" ALT donor site has minimal underlying fat. The patient demonstrates less than a 1/2 inch pinch anterior to his thigh muscles.

ALT Penis Hospital Day #1
ALT Penis Hospital Day #1

Note the multitude of dressings and drains. There is a SP tube in the lower abdomen, a urethral catheter, the wound vac drain (black sponge on right thigh), a wrapping on the left thigh (site of STSG harvest to cover the right donor site thigh), and phallus support towel.

ALT Penis Hospital Day #4
ALT Penis Hospital Day #4

The phallus developed more swelling over time, decreasing blood flow to the phallus. The small dark blue stitches mark where the doppler signal for phallus blood flow is located.

ALT Penis Hospital Day #4
ALT Penis Hospital Day #4

The incision on the underside of the phallus was opened to accommodate the swelling. This was required to improve blood flow to the phallus and prevent phallus (or flap) loss. The black-gray-yellow patch is a piece of a dressing that was placed on the open phallus wound. This eventually sloughs off.

ALT Perineum/Scrotum
ALT Perineum/Scrotum

The behind-the-scrotum view demonstrates the most common location of wound development: the junction of the posterior scrotum to the perineum. These wounds frequently heal well with good wound care and nutrition.

ALT Donor site
ALT Donor site

This image of the right thigh donor site is covered with a meshed STSG from the left thigh. The upper part of the donor site opened up. The speckling is normally seen from meshed STSGs. Meshing prevents the need to take larger STSGs. In photos towards the end of this gallery, the donor site demonstrates excellent healing.

ALT Penis
ALT Penis

About 1 month postop from phalloplasty. Despite the patient's ideal anatomy, he developed an 8 inch girthed phallus due to swelling and the need for opening the underside of the phallus.

ALT Penis
ALT Penis

The ruler is hard to see from the photo, but it is about 6 inches long. Over time, ALT phalluses can lengthen, shrink, or remain similar in length.

ALT Penis
ALT Penis

3 months postop. The swelling is still present, although mostly at the distal half (towards the tip) of the phallus due to gravity. Swelling can take 3-6 months, and sometimes even longer, to resolve.

ALT Penis
ALT Penis

6 months postop. There is a more cylindrical appearance to the phallus as the wound under the phallus has healed further.

ALT Penis pedicle
ALT Penis pedicle

The vascular pedicle (blood flow source to the ALT phallus) can sometimes pull the phallus asymmetrically.

Testicular implant, Girth reduction
Testicular implant, Girth reduction

About 9 months after initial phalloplasty, the patient underwent phallus plication (aka girth reduction) and testis implant insertion. There is a suture line on the underside of his penis as well as a scrotum that is more full.

Phallus/Scrotum Reconstruction
Phallus/Scrotum Reconstruction

About 1 month after surgery, the swelling has improved and there is more skin laxity around the testicular implants.

Glansplasty Monsplasty
Glansplasty Monsplasty

Due to the patient's elastic skin, the genitals ended up in a more inferior position. Therefore, a monsplasty was done to lift the phallus/scrotum and glansplasty was performed using the skin graft from the mons lift.

Glansplasty
Glansplasty

1 week postop. The glans ridge appears mostly well healed except for a dark area on the patient's left side. There is good STSG take behind the glans ridge. Note the well healed right thigh donor site.

Glansplasty
Glansplasty

4 weeks postop. The ridge and STSG has healed well and the suture lines have dissolved.

Implant surgery
Implant surgery

Patient is now about 2 yrs removed from ALT phalloplasty. He had a semi-rigid implant inserted with larger testis implants and glans revision. Glans revision is rarely undertaken with implant surgery, except in special circumstances.

Implant surgery
Implant surgery

Patient is now about 2 yrs removed from ALT phalloplasty. He had a semi-rigid implant inserted with larger testis implants and glans revision. Glans revision is rarely undertaken with implant surgery, except in special circumstances.

ALT Phallus
ALT Phallus

Patient is over 2 years postop from ALT phalloplasty.

ALT Timeline
ALT Timeline

Patient-created photographic timeline of his progress.

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