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Surgery

MenSeveral surgical options exist for the female to male transsexual, from chest surgery (also known as top surgery), to hysterectomy including oophorectomy, metoidioplasty (otherwise known as clitoral release), and phalloplasty.

All of these options are covered in the articles within the surgery section of the female-to-male support pages, along with the risks, side-effects, aftercare and more.

Support Information is available for download from The Gender Centre, and are available in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar to view and print P.D.F. files. If you don't have Acrobat Reader you can download it for free at the Adobe website.

POSSIBLE AFTER EFFECTS OF TOTAL OR SUB-TOTAL HYSTERECTOMY

Article appeared in Polare 53, August 2003

Most F.T.M. transsexuals don't seem to have a clue about the negative possible after-effects of total or sub-total hysterectomy and the doctors seem to gloss over them rather quickly, preferring to focus on the preventative aspects of this surgical procedure ... 

... AND WHAT IT TAKES

Article appeared in Polare 88, July 2011

Dr. Joel Gelman, one of the leading experts in male genital construction and director of the Centre for Reconstructive Urology admits that Phalloplasty is a complicated procedure that is all about preservation of the blood vessels - the arteries and veins ...

MAX AND JASPER'S TOP SURGERY TRIP TO QUEENSLAND

Article appeared in Polare 5, November 1994

Max sits in a brother's house, a brother whose pain and euphoria is unmistakenly the same as his. Jasper and Max have arrived in Queensland, elated, emotional, tense, they prepare to undergo top surgery and then recover among friends that understand and care ...

PAP SMEARS FOR PRE-OP F.T.M.TRANSGENDERS

Article appeared in Polare 68, July 2006

Cervical screening is an important and often neglected area of men's health. If you are a pre-operative transgender man and have a cervix it is advisable you still have a regular Pap smear. The National Guidelines recommend a Pap smear once every two years ...

TOTAL ABDOMINAL HYSTERECTOMY WITH BILATERAL SALPINGO OOPHORECTOMY

Article appeared in Polare 50, February 2003

Kyle Scanlon shares his experience of undergoing total abdominal hysterectomywith bilateral salpingo oophorectomy. In other words, removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries and they were all being removed via a bikini line scar through the lower abdomen ...

ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Article appeared in Polare 33, October 1999

Some important questions about hysterectomies including whether a hysterectomy is recommended for all F.T.M.transsexual people, how soon after commencing hormones should an F.T.M. undergo hysterectomy and for what reasons for an F.T.M. not undergo a hysterectomy? ... 

AN F.T.M. SUCCESS STORY

Article appeared in Polare 13, June 1996

AToby Meltzer patient, David Schreier answers some of the lower surgery concerns of others including how they did the metiodioplasty, phalloplasty and facilities at Oregon Health Sciences University ... 

CLITORAL RELEASE

Article appeared in Polare 41, August 2001

Metoidioplasty is a procedure that enables the clitoris to be released from its hood and then appear as a small penis. A form of circumcision can be performed at this time to enable the tip of the clitoris to appear as the male glans ... 

THE ELATION AND DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE FIRST STAGE OF F.T.M. REASSIGNMENT SURGERY

Article appeared in Polare 35, February 2000

Michael, who began his journey four years ago, gives a first hand account of the elation and disappointment of the first stage of Female to Male gender reassignment surgery, his impressions of Surgeon Dr. David Hunter-Smith and Melbourne's Peninsula Private Hospital ... 

MICHAEL'S DAY TO DAY, MATTER OF FACT ACCOUNT

Article appeared in Polare 36, April 2000

Michael recounts his phalloplasty surgery experience with a day to day, matter of fact account of his surgery in Melbourne with Dr. David Hunter-Smith. In this article he discusses the final stage where the penis is fashioned from a flap of skin from the forearm ... 

AN INTERVIEW WITH MICK

Article appeared in Polare 8, August 1995

In this exclusive interview for Polare, Mick explains how his first surgery failed and that the phallus was removed and why he intends to go ahead with a second attempt at the same surgery ... 

ADDRESSING SOME OF THE LESSER ASKED QUESTIONS

Article appeared in Polare 32, August 1999

This article addresses some of the questions and issues that individuals who have had genital reassignment have raised to American Therapist Gianna E. Israel. It may also be of interest to persons who are considering undergoing genital reassignment surgery ...

WHY THE DOUBLE STANDARD?

Article appeared in Polare 98, January 2014

JR. Latham asks whether treating transsexual patients differently from cosmetic surgery patients is ethically just? Furthermore Is cosmetic surgery only acceptable when it moves someone towards a culturally legible aesthetic of beauty? ...

CHEST SURGERY

Article appeared in Polare 77, October 2008

Whether to undergo surgery is a big decision for anyone. S.R.S. is no exception. This article explores options available toF.T.M.s and what to expect, any risks or complications, and most importantly, the issues to consider in making the initial decision to haveS.R.S. ...

HYSTERECTOMY, OOPHORECTOMY, METOIDIOPLASTY AND PHALLOPLASTY

Article appeared in Polare 78, December 2008

Sourced from Vancouver Coastal Health, Transgender Health Program, this article details Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus including the endometrium), Oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries), Metoidioplasty (clitoral release) and Phalloplasty (creation of the penis) ... 

 
 
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