Gender affirmation surgery, often known as sex reassignment surgery, is used to help people with gender dysphoria transition to their preferred gender. People who suffer from gender dysphoria frequently believe they were born in the wrong body. A biological male may identify as a female more than a biological female, and vice versa.
Surgery is believed to be the last step in the physical transformation, but it is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Therefore, many healthcare providers demand that patients be formally diagnosed with gender dysphoria and undergo counseling by a certified mental health professional before undergoing surgical transition. The patient will also undergo ‘hormone therapy’ as advised by the panel endocrinologist. Since, the procedure involves ones gender identity, we try to make sure that all the legal formalities are met with. Afterwards which, our doctors will draw out your transition plan for complete transparency.
What is the Purpose of Gender Affirmation Surgery?
Surgery may be performed so that a person’s physical body corresponds to their gender identification. Gender affirmation surgery is chosen by those who suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria is the distress that results when your gender identity does not match your sex given at birth.
With the best infrastructure and personnel, Medica has a team of skilled mental health practitioners, endocrinologists, cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons who enable our patients with the hope to turn their hopes into reality. Apart from them, we also have a support/caregiver group and a legal team in place that help our patients get back into the society with their new-found identity.
What are the different sorts of gender affirmation surgery?
Gender-affirming surgery allows transgender people to have a physique that matches their gender identity. Procedures on the face, chest, or genitalia may be required. The following are some of the most common transgender surgery options:
- Reconstructive facial surgery
- “Top” surgery
- “Bottom” or genital surgery
Apart from the abovementioned, the individual may also need to undergo other ‘adjunct’ procedures such as:
- Voice-box surgery
- Laser therapy
- Speech training
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What is Sex Development Disorder?
Disorder of Sex Development, formerly known as intersex, is a collection of about 60 conditions in which a child’s biological sexual identity is unknown. Because of the complicated connections between genes and hormones, this occurs due to chromosome mismatches, the outward look of the genitals, or genetic material.
People who suffer from gender dysphoria frequently believe they were born in the wrong gender. A biological male may identify as a female more than a biological female, and vice versa.
Surgery is usually the last step in the physical transformation, but it is not a decision that should be taken lightly.
We seek to help patients who are formally diagnosed with gender dysphoria and undergo counseling before undergoing surgical transition.
Hormone therapy is frequently the first step for patients. Hormones can decrease the biological gender’s secondary sex characteristics, making them appear more like their desired sex. Women, for example, take androgens and begin to grow facial hair. To appear more feminine, men take estrogens and anti-androgens.
Patients may be required to live as their selected gender for at least one year by surgeons. In some cultures, a man may dress in the manner of a lady. Many guys change their names and use female pronouns to refer to themselves. Transitioning from a woman to a man would be the polar opposite.
What to Expect?
Females who are transitioning to men require more technically challenging and costly surgeries. The individual will also require a longer hospital stay. The vagina is closed after the breasts, ovaries, and uterus are removed. Other tissue can be used to create a penis and scrotum. A penile implant may be used in some instances. The urethra is stretched out to allow the patient to urinate while standing. In case of males who transition to females, they will require breast implants & labiaplasty after removal of the former genitalia.
Note, not everyone who suffers from gender dysphoria undergoes surgery. Some people are at ease living as the opposite gender without medical assistance. Others find that hormone therapy is enough to meet their demands.
End to End
Most patients will benefit from ongoing psychotherapy as they acclimate to their new bodies and lifestyles.
The majority of persons who opt for these procedures see an improve in their quality of life. Depending on the technique, 94 percent to 100 percent of people are happy with the results of their operation. People who work with a mental health provider before surgery are more likely to be satisfied with their treatment outcomes.