The goal in these drawings
How does urethral lengthening work? The language gets full of medical jargon quickly.
There’s a sweet spot of whetting the info appetite I hope this doodle serves. Most trans people considering UL for bottom surgery want to know more than, “We hook up the old to the new” in considering it. But we don’t need operating room notes.
My goal: With as few words as possible, I wanted to sketch the images that helped me understand.
Now, I did not have UL. I don’t have first-hand photos of UL on my own body. So— Sketching allowed me to collage the images on one poster and also to eliminate the component of medical gore.
The drawings are not intended to show all techniques. Really, the drawings are just to give a possible context. So, I included an example of variation on staging. I also included variation on which tissue was pedicled (vaginal or labial) to make the hook-up, or the pars fixa.
Complications in healing
There’s a boxed set of drawings on the right-middle of the page. Common complications! Gosh, it’s tough to search for stricture and fistula without seeing a lot of things you… may not have wanted to see. So, if you’re squeamish, these complication doodles are for you.
Did I leave out anything I should have included? I hope the collage gives an introduction to urethral lengthening, for someone considering it.
UL Doodle Collage Components
A few pieces that went into the collage, isolated for another look:
Where credit is due!
These are just a few of the physicians whose medical publications provided me context to draw and collage:
Dr. Miro in Serbia, Dr. Chen in California, Dr. Bluebond in NYC, Dr. Coon at Hopkins, and medical artist H. Wilson. I recognized these names, among others, in the articles which helped me get a window into these procedures.
Hope this is useful : )