What is Gender Affirming Surgery? (with Loren Schechter, MD)

Your Doctor Friends

Jun 13 2023 • 53 mins

Why do people get surgery? One could argue that surgical interventions aim to "right a wrong". Maybe that "wrong" is that your appendix is acutely inflamed and infected and needs to come out. Maybe that "wrong" is that you were born with a cleft palate and your folks wanted it corrected for you so you could eat and breathe easy.

Maybe your assigned gender at birth doesn't fit your gender identity. Maybe that is the "wrong" that surgery can attempt to make "right".

Sometimes we respond to concepts we don't fully understand with fear. That fear can beget big emotional reactions. Your Doctor Friends get it. That's why we brought on our friend, Dr. Loren Schechter, a wonderfully accomplished, experienced, and kind plastic surgeon who has been performing gender affirming surgery for the past 20+ years.

Dr. Schechter is currently the director of the Gender Affirming Surgery program at Rush University Medical Center, and the President-elect of the American Society of Gender Surgeons.

In this episode, Dr. Schechter will educate us, and we will leave with a better understanding of gender affirming care.

Key highlights in this episode include:

What exactly is gender affirming surgery? What procedures are typically peformed?

How long has gender affirming surgery been around?

What is the indication for this kind of surgery?

Other than the surgeon, who is on the healthcare team for someone undergoing gender affirming surgery?

Does insurance cover these procedures?

Do people ever regret their decision to have surgery?

What cool innovations are on the horizon in the field of gender affirming surgery?

Come on this awesome journey with us, friends! Let's all understand each other better. And HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

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