It is a simple procedure that is done under local anesthesia, similar to what a dentist would do to freeze the area. It is performed as an out patient procedure and takes from 20-30 minutes to complete.
The recovery is usually quite uneventful and the patient is able to return to her regular activities 2 to 3 days after surgery. There is very little discomfort after the procedure. There may be some swelling, which may last from one to two weeks. There may also be some bleeding for several days, which is usually the equivalent of a menstrual period.
Sutures used during the procedure are of the resorbable variety and generally “melt” away after several weeks. Scarring is almost never visible. Sexual relations can usually be resumed about 3 weeks after the surgery (usually once the sutures have melted).