The French surgeon, of Hungarian origin, Pierre Foldès (6 May 1951, Paris) is the inventor, in collaboration with the urologist Jean-Antoine Robein, of a technique to repair the damage caused by female genital mutilation. This technique repairs some of the urologic and obstetric problems related to FGC, and also may allow the women to experience more pleasure during sexual stimulation.
For the past 25 years, Foldès has worked to treat women who have experienced genital mutilation. He currently operates on approximately 200 women per year. His procedure consists of the removal of any scar tissue from the vulva, and of the lowering of the clitoris by cutting ligaments that support it while preserving nerves and blood vessels. Wedge plasty is used to reconstruct a clitoral glans. Months of healing are required for the women to gain sensation in their newly exposed tissue.
Pierre Foldès continues his work despite repeated death threats.
In 2006 the book Victoire sur l’excision: Pierre Foldès, le chirurgien qui redonne l’espoir aux femmes mutilées by Hubert Prolongeau was released, which chronicles the work of Foldès. It won the Prix Essai France Télévisions for 2006, and was translated into English by Tobe Levin.
- Le clitoris retrouvé : Le Dr Pierre Foldès répare l'excision - Pan Afrique - Sexualité - Femmes - Excision - Afrique
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- P Foldès (November 2006). "Surgical Techniques: Reconstructive Surgery of the Clitoris after Ritual Excision". The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Blackwell Synergy. 3 (6): 1091–1094. doi:10.1111/j.1743-6109.2006.00335.x.
- Hubert Prolongeau (2006). Victoire sur l’excision: Pierre Foldès, le chirurgien qui redonne l’espoir aux femmes mutilées (in French). Paris: A. Michel. ISBN 2-226-16804-4.
- Prolongeau, Hubert. Undoing FGM: Pierre Foldès, the Surgeon Who Restores the Clitoris. Trans. Tobe Levin. Frankfurt am Main: UnCut/Voices Press, 2011. Print.
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