Summit Medical Group is pleased to offer gender confirmation surgery (sex realignment surgery) for patients transitioning from male to female (MTF) and female to male (FTM). We feel very strongly about supporting transgender patients in their journey to realize their true self. It is important to us to maintain a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental practice to care for patients going through transgender surgery, and indeed, any type of treatment that we offer.
Historically, sex reassignment surgery has not been readily available in reputable and established plastic surgery facilities. We feel that patients deserve services from a large multi-specialty group like Summit Medical Group that has an established record of safety, caring, and high satisfaction rates for a long time.
For this surgery, we work with an entire care team. We do not start with the surgery until the patient is far along the transformation path. Most of the patients we work with have been on hormone treatments for some time and have had psychological evaluation and counseling. For example, FTM patients will have been taking testosterone for a period of time and will have already experienced some hair growth and muscle development. Patients must be stable from a hormonal perspective before gender confirmation surgery.
Candidates for the procedure are certain about their choice and have affirmed their transition gender socially by living as that gender for some time.
Most patients have two sets of surgeries – one for the face and one for the body. The face is usually done first since this is the part of the body that cannot be covered with clothing. After about three months, the procedures for the body can be performed. Ultimately, the order and nature of procedures is determined by the patient, in consultation with us.
Often, these procedures can be done at the same time. If the surgery would be extended for too long to be safe, however, the procedures must be divided. In some cases, patients must have three surgeries – one for the face and two for the body.
While we perform all plastic surgery procedures to change the body’s appearance FTM or MTF, we do not perform genital surgery. This aspect of gender confirmation surgery is performed at a few specialized centers that take care of both the urologic function and physical appearance of the sex organs.