This is just a note to all involved in my 03/15/2011 surgery to say thank you - from the wonderful job Dr. Bowers did and all the hospital staff that were involved, to Robin and the staff in Colorado that helped make everything possible. This also extends to Artis and the staff at the Residence Inn in San Mateo - what a great place to stay. All these factors combined made for an experience that was just perfect; it's a memory I will always have. It's kinda funny how our journeys in life take us all in different directions; mine will take me to the final chapter of my life. You have all helped me with that and you have no idea how much I appreciate that, you are all very special people.
Everything is going wonderfully since surgery. My body is completely healed (as far as I can tell), and most days I don't even remember that I haven't always been this way. I'm very happy and I wish I could come back to California and personally thank every person who was involved in this. Dr. Bowers is amazing and you can tell she is truly a compassionate caring person. She saved my life and I hope to be able to thank her again some day.
I knew from the beginning that I blamed Nature for a mistake that should have never happened. As any Trans-gender person. I was lost, confused, and extremely depressed because how ever I felt definitely did not match the situation between my legs. I remember when I met Marci in her office in San Mateo. I told her I was a bit scared because I had to come alone, and I had never been under anesthesia before. Marci wiped all my tears, and fears away of being so unhappy. She understood exactly how I felt. The moment she squeezed my hand as I looked her in the eyes, and she assured me that she would give me the most pretty, sensitive, normal, and natural feeling vagina for the rest of my life. I trusted her, and then gave her my body, and let her put me to sleep.
Everyone involved in the pre-op process, the surgery and my post-op follow-ups were absolutely wonderful. I think back on the beginning of my journey and how far it felt I had to go. I honestly never believed I would be able to get this far due to how huge the barriers seemed to be but everyone from Dr. Bower's, her staff and San Mateo surgical center made everything so easy. Everyone was extremely helpful, pleasant and supportive. At every point that I felt I didn't understand there was always someone I could ask, Robin and Janet before and after surgery and Dr. Bowers and San Mateo Surgical Center staff once I got to San Mateo. The information I received, both verbal and in writing was thorough and easy to understand. I followed the instructions given and had a quick and easy recovery.
I had my first pelvic exam on 7/13/11. My GYN has seen many MtF post-op vaginas including a couple of Dr Bowers'. He said that my vagina was the best he has seen yet, there was no granulation tissue, he was amazed at how well the healing had progressed and told me to go out and have fun. Of course, I will be mindful when having fun and will keep dilating. Please give Dr Bowers my news and gratitude when possible and thank you, Robin, Janet and everyone involved for your help and support. :)
I'm three and a half months post surgery and I look amazing! The GRS went smoothly until about 8 days post surgery when I became one of the few to have a complication. A hematoma formed about 9:00pm. I called Robin on her cell number and very soon Dr. Bowers came to examine me and take me to the emergency room where she stayed with me until I was admitted and resting comfortably. The next day she drained it and checked for any other injury. Then, I was right back on track to healing with no more problems.
From beginning to end, my experiences at San Mateo, CA were simply delightful! Of course, the San Francisco area is very beautiful, and San Mateo is only a short ride from the airport. The staff at Dr. Bowers' office, Mills Health Center, and the Recovery Place were very professional and kind, and I felt well cared for during my entire stay. This was very important to me, as I came by myself and had to completely rely on them until I was released from the Recovery Place and met up with my family. I was also very impressed with the efforts made to stay on top of potential surgical complications. In fact, I was astounded with the lack of bruising post-surgery.
I just wanted to update you regarding my adventure in San Mateo. It was indeed the most challenging experience ever. But in a very good way. From you, Janet, and especially Dr. Marci Bowers, I will be in forever grateful for everything. Hospital staff was excellent but Pat was the best. She's one of the afternoon shift registered nurses. Residence Inn Marriott was wonderful the day I showed up. They were very helpful, specially after seeing me in my condition. Again, thanks a lot for everything.
"My experience in Trinidad was a dream come true that I will never forget. From the moment I met Dr. Bowers at a conference, I knew she was my surgeon. Her compassion alone won me over, while her work spoke for itself. During my stay, her staff, as well as the hospital staff, was wonderful, and treated me like family at all times. Dr. Bowers did a fabulous job on my GRS, and said I was "a pleasure to work on." I awoke from the surgery knowing all was well, and immediately feeling calm and complete, for the first time in my life. I'm amazed at how much this has changed my life. I knew this was going to be huge, but I had no idea how much of an impact it would have on me. I can never thank Dr. Bowers enough for giving me my life back. I'm finally looking forward to the future. Thank you!!"
"Thank you all so much for all you have done for me. I cannot express my gratitude enough. My recovery was so quick and problem free it has been amazing. What Dr. Bowers has done for me is not just life changing, it is a true miracle. Thank you Carol and every one else who made my time in Trinidad such a wonderful experience. Now how many people can honestly say that their major surgery and recovery was one of the best experiences of their life? I certainly can! Thank all of you for being so terrific."
"I made the rather long journey from the UK to Trinidad in Dec 08. (My results) look very, very natural. Healing is going well (as I write this 4 weeks post op) and I have experienced no complications. I seem to have sensation everywhere...so far so good!
"The community of Trinidad, the hospital staff, Carol at the MAH, and indeed Dr. Bowers and her staff were incredibly wonderful, caring, and understanding throughout my entire time there. Smiles and good cheer abounded everywhere. The morning that I was presented with my official letter attesting that I was at long last complete, a physical woman, I had my one major meltdown of the entire trip. When the nurse removed my compression bandages and allowed me to see Dr. Bowers magic, I was in total awe – Michelangelo’s work is certainly no more beautiful than Marci’s, at least in my eyes. My gynecologist remarked “she gave all of the right parts, no one would know if you didn’t tell them that you were not born a female”. "
"I highly recommend Dr. Bowers for GRS. She has the experience and knowledge and has helped me achieve a level of comfort with my body that I never had before. Thanks to Dr. Bowers careful and detailed work, I have a fully functioning and sensate vagina that still enables me to orgasm. Not only does Dr. Bowers have years of training and operating experience, she is also someone who is comforting to be around, as are her amazing staff. The staff on Dr. Bowers team are wonderful ladies who care about this amazing transition in your life, their easy to talk to and I have and will continue to use them as a resource of information."
"Although Dr. Bowers had multiple concerns going into my surgery, thankfully all of her concerns were unfounded. I truly believe this is a testament to her background and surgical skills. On a recent visit to my primary care physician he commented on the very natural appearance and proportional accuracy of her work. Her entire staff is AWESOME and very in tune to your every need. The hospital nursing staff was very good as well which made the whole experience even better! My very special thanks to all for your part in completing me!"
"Everything has healed well, stinting is relatively easy and going well. The looks are stupendous -- Dr. Bowers, you are a true artist; Thank you. Sensation is perfect and the mucous tissue is definitely doing its job. I couldn't be happier....Bless you for all you do. I think of you all often and keep you in my prayers."
"I can’t believe that my surgery is over already. It seems almost like a fairy tale dream and I can’t believe I feel as well as I do. I am not sure if you hear this enough but you (all of Dr. Bowers' staff) are all the best and I can’t thank you enough for the kindness you have shown me. I cannot say enough about the nursing staff at MSRH. Please extend my deepest thanks to each and everyone who I had the pleasure to be under their care. What a great hospital and such great people. In addition, the food wasn’t that bad either!"
"I had my GRS surgery on January 4th, 2008. I have nothing but praise for Dr. Bowers, her staff, and the staff at MSRH. I have truly been blessed by not only being a patient of Dr. Bowers', but I feel like I can call all of her staff "my friends". I had some complications but Dr. Bowers and her staff have been right there with me and my gynecologist working to get me healed up...and I am getting there. Thank you for making me complete, ladies!"
"Dr Bowers had met every expectation I had, visited at least daily while in the hospital and her office has maintained a constant communication with me as I recuperate here at home. It's been five weeks and I am so very very, very happy for everything, especially the fact that Dr Bowers was the architect of my beautiful new self. I also need to give a big shout-out to Robin, Adrianne and Ann, all of whom went "above and beyond" to make my journey such a wonderful experience."
"I cannot express enough my pleasure with the wonderful care provided my Dr. Bowers and her staff, and all of the caring and kind people at the hospital. I researched six different surgeons before choosing Dr. Bowers and feel that I made the best possible decision. The whole experience was as pleasurable as a major surgery could be. The fulfillment of finally achieving a life long goal is overwhelming.
"When people ask me what Marci is like, I just tell them that when I met her I felt an instant connection with her, having already taken the same journey I was about to complete. She "gets it". My time in Trinidad was special and is something I will remember and treasure all my life. Everyone I met was so friendly, and the hospital staff were quite simply excellent.
"An INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE!!!! What an amazing end to such an arduous journey. It feels like it was only a week ago that I was reading these testimonials and now here I am writing one of my own. If you want an honest review look no further! #1 - Every person I met in Trinidad was kind and ready to help. No judgment, just incredible care and consideration (Pre and Post operatively). People you should very excited to meet are of course Dr. Bowers and Robin Lassiter. Robin was the most incredible help throughout the entire process. She was available for any question or concern I had and was just icing on the top of one incredible cake! #2 - The outcome is flawless and I mean that in every sense of the term. The appearance is impeccable, the orgasms are better than they were before and I finally feel whole! I've seen photos from other doctors and to be completely honest, no one does better than Dr. Bowers... "
"I had Genital Reconstructive Surgery (GRS) and Breast Augmentation (BA) with Dr. Marci Bowers on June 12, 2007. To say that the experience was wonderful, awe-inspiring, and magical would be a monumental understatement. It was nothing short of parallel with the birth of my daughter. I hope everyone finds the peace and resolution that I found in Trinidad. Allie (Patient: June 2007)
"There really isn't enough I can say about the wonderful staff of Mt San Rafael hospital. Everyone was extremely helpful and friendly and worked to make my stay with them enjoyable. My highest praise however, must go to Dr. Bowers and her staff. They went so much above and beyond what was required, that it truly demonstrated their compassion and concern for me. When I returned home and needed some questions answered I contacted her staff. Dr. Bowers was in another state, but her staff contacted her and she made a point of calling me and answering all my questions. She later followed up with another call to see if everything was OK. She is by far the most caring doctor I have ever had the pleasure to know. My only regret is that I don't live closer to Trinidad, so that I could visit with Marci and staff more often.
"I chose Dr. Bowers for my GRS because after a careful research about the well known surgeons around the globe. I had placed my trust in Dr. Bowers' skill as a surgeon in this field and i believe that she is currently one of the most talented surgeons in the world. I am now 55 days post-op and I am so very happy with the result.
"All the care I received from Dr. Bowers, her staff, and the nurses was amazing. An especial thanks to Robin who has been so kind and helped soothe my worries and answer innumerable questions. Although I was shocked and nervous at first about everything going well, my recovery has amazed me. Everything works and feels wonderful."
"There are several fine surgeons who perform this all important corrective procedure, but only one who has herself made this journey. Because of this very personal connection, Marci brings an empathy to the surgeon/patient relationship, the value of which can only be appreciated by experiencing it. This caring attitude extends to her office staff and to the MSRH medical team. Marci described this to me as the "Trinidad Experience", which I would define as a very high level of care provided by people who witness the miracles that happen in Trinidad every day. The memories I have of Marci and the people who cared for me I hold in a very special place in my heart, a 'Trinidad' place."
"My experience in Trinidad was beyond surreal. Everyone (literally - every. single. person.) was so incredibly nice and helpful and caring. From Dr. Bowers to Robin to the MSRH staff to every employee at every store or restaurant in town, I have nothing but the fondest of memories. And honestly, I have never before had a surgical experience that left me a little sad to see it end. Seriously. As far as the nuts and bolts (or lack thereof *rimshot*) are concerned, at the moment of this writing, I am 3 1/2 weeks post-op and I already feel fantastic and healing is progressing remarkably quickly. Because of all this, I highly recommend Dr. Bowers to anyone who needs her expertise."
"Dr. Marci Bowers' one stage surgery is very impressive. Marci and her staff are top notch. I could not imagine any other surgeon and staff more caring and devoted to our community. I would recommend her to anyone considering having GRS."
"I don't know how I can ever express my thanks to Dr. Bowers, her super staff, the nurses at MSRH or Morning Glow for the care I received. My problem-free recovery can be only attributed to Dr. Bowers' superb skills, and the care and compassion of everyone who had contributed to my care. My time in Trinidad has left me wishing I didn't have to leave!"
"The nursing staff at Mount San Rafael were tremendous; the fine folk of Morning Glow were encouraging and welcoming and confidence-building; and then there were Stacy, Robin, Ann and Dr. Bowers, for whom I begin to run out of adjectives. I'll resort to verbs instead: all of you facilitated the greatest and most positive change - saving only the birth of my son - my life has yet known. Dr. Bowers healed me."
"My experience with Trinidad, Dr. Bowers, the staff at MSRH, Morning Glow...was one that I wish I could relive over and over. I was always treated with more compassion and understanding than I have been used to in my entire life. The staff at MSRH are the tops. I jokingly told them that if they had wireless Internet service, and a better wine selection, I would stay indefinitely! When my surgical sister and I left the hospital, we went and bought chocolates for the entire day and night shift. We just love the way that we were treated. The whole experience was nothing but positive for me. No wonder I cried half the flight home. I miss all of you."
"My recovery even stunned me a bit. I knew that I was going to be ahead of the curve due to my physical shape, but it amazed not only me, and my friends who were with me, but the nursing staff, as well. I feel that I could not have placed myself in better hands than Marci's at any price, anywhere in the world. She Is Awesome."
"I've already passed along a BIG "thank you" to Dr. Bowers for the fact that everything works. That is something I didn't dare hope for, but I'm surely grateful! Dr. Bowers does marvelous work and should be commended."
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