We came across an article entitled: “8 Myths About Transgender Men’s Genital Reconstruction” written by Mitch Kellaway (mitchkellaway.com) on the Huffington Post’s site around the same time Dr. Bowers returned from the WPATH conference in Thailand. The conference was attended by surgeons from around the world and we are happy to report that the phalloplasty and metoidioplasty procedures are evolving and are being taught in a more formal setting. Facing much higher demands for quality procedures, surgeons have been more open to share their knowledge and help train each other. Furthermore, access to GRS has also dramatically changed in the US.
Is Transgender Men’s genital reconstruction worth it? It depends on the individual’s goal- including respecting the fact that some guys don’t want surgery. It is crucial to understand the risks, benefits and alternatives of the desired procedure, all in light of the experience of the surgeon. While Mr. Kellaway states in his article that “As long as a doctor feels safe performing a procedure, perception of risk largely lies with the patient”, we encourage prospective patients to thoroughly research their surgeons and strongly consider doctors who perform a large number of the desired surgery. A large surgical volume not only makes the procedure safer, but it also improves outcomes and minimizes complications. Interested in a specific procedure with a specific surgeon? Look at their results online, talk to other patients and don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you decide to undergo a procedure, make sure you know how to get a hold of your doctor after surgery.
Dr. Bowers offers consultations at her office in Burlingame.