Your surgeon will talk with you about the most appropriate type of surgery. A gynaecological nurse specialist will also give you information and support before and after your operation.
The aim of surgery is to remove all the cancer affecting the vulva. The surgeon will take away the area of skin where the cancer is, and a border (margin) of healthy tissue all around it. In the same operation, they will also usually remove the lymph nodes from one or both sides of the groin. Women who have larger tumours may need more surgery to reconstruct the vulva.