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Diagrams of a skinning vulvectomy for VIN

Women discussing vulval cancer

Look at diagrams showing a skinning vulvectomy for VIN. 

This is sometimes called precancer. Although there are cancer cells in the skin, they are trapped there and cannot move anywhere else. This is why this condition is not always regarded as a true cancer. The surgery for this condition removes the affected skin. So it is sometimes called a skinning vulvectomy. If part of your vulva is unaffected you may not need to have all of the skin removed.

A skinning vulvectomy

This first diagram shows the area of skin the surgeon will remove during the operation

Diagram 1 of skinning vulvectomy

The second diagram (below) shows the vulva after removal of the skin

Diagram 2 of skinning vulvectomy

This third diagram (below) shows the vulva with the remaining skin sewn back together after the skinning vulvectomy operation. The diagram shows the stitches. Once the area has healed, these should be smooth, neat lines of scar tissue. Above the vagina, you can see the opening of the bladder (the urethra) and the clitoris, both in place as before the operation.

Diagram 3 of skinning vulvectomy

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Updated: 26 May 2016