About the Hymen
The intact hymen is a thin membrane composed of connective tissue with a central opening which is usually round. The thickness and elasticity of hymen vary and it may sometimes stretch without breaking or tearing at the time of first sexual penetration.
Rarely, it lacks an opening - a condition known as imperforate hymen - and needs to be opened surgically through a delicate procedure known as hymenorrhaphy.
After the hymen has broken and healed, the remnants appear as small skin tags known as hymenal remnants or the carunculae myrtiformes.
Microscopically, the hymen displays inner and outer layers of squamous epithelium (normal skin cells) sandwiching a central layer of connective tissue. There is no muscle or glandular tissue in the hymen and relatively little innervation.
Out of Town Patients
Many patients at LVR-NJ travel considerable distances for our expertise in this procedure. We facilitate this process by providing the option of same-day consultation/same-day surgery. This is arranged in advance and by request at the time that you contact our office. Pre-operative bloodwork testing will need to be performed in advance through a local physician or lab near your home. Drs. Pelosi will review your situation to determine if this is an appropriate option. If you fly, or if your drive home is more than 2 hours, we recommend that you stay in the area overnight after your surgery so that Drs. Pelosi can evaluate you for proper healing on the day after surgery; afterwards, you may travel home. In certain situations, we can provide you with an overnight stay the night before your surgery if you are arriving late in the day.
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