Repairing the hymen consists of piecing together the remnants by closing the tear, and is carried out as closely as possible to the date of the wedding. It is a very simple procedure that must be done at least 1 month to 6 weeks before the wedding so the internal sutures have disappeared completely. This procedure is well tolerated under local anaesthesia.
This is a 'larger operation' where an incision is made in the vaginal membrane and both sides are pulled and stitched together. This must take place plenty of time before the wedding night so that it has time to heal. The procedure is performed under intravenous sedation and on an outpatient basis. The operation takes between one and two hours, and the patient can return to work the next day. Dissolvable stitches are used.