Gender Reassignment Surgery

Gender reassignment surgery describes various procedures that a transgender person can undergo in order to make a complete transition to the desired gender. They include surgeries for transitioning from male to female and transitioning from female to male. Surgeries are divided into top surgeries and bottom surgeries depending on if they are done above or below the waistline. Gender reassignment surgeries are used to remove unwanted sexual features as well as create sexual features that will experience sexual pleasure and orgasm.

Candidates for gender reassignment surgery are individuals with gender dysphoria who relate to a gender different than the one they were assigned at birth. Individuals will need a period of psychological counseling and a period of living as their intended gender. A surgeon will discuss the patient’s health and goals for gender identity and also what the patient can expect from the procedure. A customized plan for treatment is tailored to the patient’s needs.

Some insurance is beginning to cover a portion of the costs of gender reassignment surgery. The out of pocket cost can range from $10,000-$25,000 depending on the surgeries the patient undergoes, hospital or surgeon fees and the area of the country where the surgery is performed.

The results of gender reassignment surgery are a change in the gender of the patient, an increase in self-confidence and also an increase in the comfort of the person regarding his or her gender. The results of the surgery last a lifetime.