This is my rundown of supplies for the Stage 2 of my ALT Phalloplasty surgery with Dr. Jens Berli at OHSU in Portland, Oregon. Supplies vary between stages, type of Phalloplasty, surgeon, and personal preferences, so this should be viewed only as suggestions rather than a set-in-stone list of what’s required.

If it has no price next to it, it’s because I either already owned these items before surgeries or had leftovers purchased for Stage 1. All prices in USD.

In hospital:

  • Infinity Pillow
  • Fan
  • Plantronics Voyager Headset
  • Phone Charger and Extension Cord
  • Ear plugs
  • Glasses case
  • Lip balm
  • Toothbrush, paste and mouthwash
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Book
  • Battery-powered tea light

At the hotel:

  • Lap desk
  • Silicone bendy straws
  • OHSU water bottles
  • Hand mirror
  • 2 pairs of large basketball shorts and sweatpants, in dark colors
  • Black towel
  • Notebook and binder
  • Robe
  • Telescopic shoe horn
  • Back scratcher
  • Donut Pillow – $32.95
  • Zero gravity lawn chair (no lounger at hotel) – $44.99
  • Phone holder (gooseneck/clip-on) – $16.99

Sub-total: $94.93


Medical supplies:

  • Hand sanitizer gel – 3 for $6.53
  • Dial antibacterial soap – 3 for $5.59 – Wound up being allergic to it!
  • Alcohol pads – 2 boxes @ $3.28 each = $6.58
  • Medical gloves
  • Saline solution
  • Scissors
  • Medical tape $4.65
  • Q-Tips, regular length and 6” – $4.16 for a box of regular length (6 inchers were leftover from Stage 1)
  • 4×4 gauze pads $5.97
  • HASOCARE Incontinence Pads – 45 for $14.89 (Only used a few, between Kerlix orders and as relief from Kerlix irritation.)
  • Underpads / Chux pads – $41.80 for 100.
  • Dude Wipes – 7 packs @ $2.99 each = $20.93
  • Mesh underwear – Brought 5, got 6 from OHSU, ordered 20 more – $14.57 /5 = $72.85
  • Kerlix gauze rolls, 4.5”, brought 26 rolls, got 8 rolls from OHSU, ordered 30 more @$14.95 /10 = $44.85
  • Tylenol & Ibuprofen – $7.40 & $6.15 = $13.55
  • Medihoney
  • Bard Catheter bags, 2000ml – 3 @ $10.06 each = $30.18
  • Bard statlocks – 3 @ $5.86 each = $17.58
  • Sitz bath kit $24.99 + Chamomile tea: $3.99
  • AZO Urinary Pain 2 @ $7.67 each =$15.34 – Used one box over the first four days that I was catheter-free, to lessen the burn and sting from first pees.
  • Prescriptions: $179.68 (Total Rx)
    • MiraLAX $28.62 + $23.94 (got more on Amazon) = $52.56
    • OxyCodone $13.22 (filled but didn’t use)
    • Oxybutynin $22.64 (filled but didn’t use)
    • Bactrim $13.64 (7 days) and $15.20 (10 days)
    • Gabapentin $18.32
    • Testosterone (1ml) $34.11
    • Benadryl $6 at hotel, plus $3.99 = $9.99

Sub-total: $492.12


Supplies that I didn’t know I’d need:

  • Xeroform – ½ box, for Glansplasty. – I have 2 boxes at home, doh! Got some from OHSU.
  • 3M Coban self-adhering wrap, 1½”, for Glansplasty – I have 2 rolls at home, doh! Got some from OHSU.
  • Handheld shower head – Hotel only has a fancy rain shower head so I had to hand splash surgical areas to rinse off.

Often recommended things that I *didn’t* need:

  • Polysporin ointment, 1-Ounce Tubes, Pack of 3
  • Foldable reacher/grabber (brought it again, still didn’t need it!)
  • Catheter leg bags – 5 for $14.30
  • Medihoney – Bought more at $12.93, didn’t use it.

Sub-total: $27.23


Supplements & Homeopathics

I used pretty much the same supplements and homeopathics as I did for Stage 1.

  • B Complex – $11.99
  • Vitamin C Packs (2 x 1000 mg/day) – $16.97 x2 = $33.94
  • Juven Therapeutic Nutrition Drink (2x/day) $119.74
  • Serrapeptase (anti-inflammatory)
  • Maca Powder – $11.99 (adaptogenic)
  • MyCommunity – Multi Mushroom Complex – $16.99 (immunity)
  • Spirulina
  • Dandelion Tea – 3 for $12.01
  • Nettle Tea – 3 for $16.47
  • Arnica Montana 200 ch (homeopathic)
  • Staphysagria 200 ck – $9.12 (homeopathic)
  • Thiosinaminum 200 ck – $8.07 (homeopathic)

…with some exceptions:

1. I didn’t take any supplements that can cause blood thinning and contribute to bleeding for the first 36 days. These included:

  • Multi Vitamin – $9.48 (re: vitamin E content)
  • Turmeric / Curcumin $9.97 (anti-inflammatory)
  • Bromelain $9.58 (anti-inflammatory)
  • Royal Jelly with Ginseng $26.99 (Adaptogenic. I also did a 3 month course of Ginseng pre-op.)
  • Ashwaganda – $9.53 (adaptogenic)

2. Though I did two courses of antibiotics following surgery, I didn’t bother taking Lactobacillus because of this new research. I did however eat a lot of plain yogurt, miso sauerkraut and kimchi.

3. I added the following urinary health supplements to my regimen:

  • AZO Cranberry Pills – $11.57
  • D-Mannose – $14.52
  • Cantharis 200ck (Homeopathic, to prevent bladder infections.)

4. I had a Smooth Move tea each night before bed. 3 boxes for $17.46.

Sub-total: $349.42

GRAND TOTAL: $963.70 + S&H

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