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Resection of redundant vulvar folds

Some female dogs develop a recessed vulva, which is overlapped by larger skin folds. These folds can accumulate bacteria, which can then ascend into the vagina, urethra, and bladder, leading to recurrent urinary tract infections.

An episioplasty is removing the excessive skin folds to prevent recurring urinary tract infections.

The surgical procedure can be done until light general anesthesia with an epidural performed to numb your pet and to ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery. 


Following this procedure, your pet must wear an E-Collar so she cannot chew out the incision, which could lead to infection and hemorrhage, and might require an additional surgical procedure to repair the damage.

Sutures (stitches) are typically removed in 10-14 days post-operatively. 

Please schedule an appointment with our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Jeff Christiansen at the clinic of your choice, to evaluate your pet and to discuss whether an episoplasty could improve your pet's or patient's quality of life.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to e-mail Dr. Christiansen directly.