Why Transgender Conferences Are Essential If You’re Considering Surgery

We’re now midway through the 2016 transgender conference calendar year and moving into full swing with today’s opening of the ever-popular Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, and the largest gathering on the West Coast—Gender Odyssey—just 8 weeks away. Testament to the popularity of these events, both conferences are celebrating their 15th anniversary this year.

Transgender conferences are a great place to connect with Surgeons, as well as peers and mentors. Many of the annual conferences offer Surgeon- and peer-led workshops that offer detailed information about gender reassignment surgery procedures, preparation and recovery. The surgery “Show & Tell” sessions are always packed! And for good reason: being able to view surgery results and access first-hand information in the intimate, in-person setting of a conference is a rare opportunity for many attendees. Surgeons also make themselves available for informal Q&A, and some even offer free, on-site, private consultations.

For those considering surgery, conferences offer the chance to learn about your options in depth, get advice from people who have had surgery, and consult with multiple Surgeons while saving on consult fees and travel costs. Indeed, many trans men and women consider attending transgender conferences to be an essential step toward preparing for gender reassignment surgery.

Surgeons at the 2016 Philadelphia Trans Health Conference

Dr. Kathy Rumer, DO, PTHC’s Advocate Sponsor, will once again be back to present two sessions.

Dr. Kathy RumerFemale-to-male Gender Confirming Surgeries – World Class Techniques
Friday, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Room 119A
This workshop provides an opportunity for Dr. Rumer to discuss her world class FTM surgery procedures including Top Surgery, Body Contouring, and Bottom Surgery (with urethral extensions). She will also unveil a number of surgical and non-surgical procedures, including her latest urethral extension techniques. Dr. Rumer will then open the floor for answering specific questions after her power point presentation, and will be available for complimentary consultation while at the conference. Please call us at 855-782-5665 prior to the conference and schedule your complimentary consultation.

Male-to-Female Gender Confirming Surgeries – World Class Techniques
Saturday, 2:15pm – 3:15pm, Room 116
This workshop provides an opportunity for Dr. Rumer to discuss her world class MTF Gender Confirming Surgery procedures such as Vaginoplasty, FFS, Breast Augmentation, and Body Contouring. She will also unveil a number of surgical and non-surgical procedures. Dr. Rumer will then open the floor for answering specific questions after her power point presentation, and will be available for complimentary consultation while at the conference. Please call us at 855-782-5665 prior to the conference and schedule your complimentary consultation.

Dr. Hope Sherie, MD, FACS will be presenting a session about her new Top Surgery method, the Buttonhole Technique.

dr-hope-sherieButtonhole Technique: The End Of Free Nipple Grafts Saturday, 2:15pm – 3:15pm, Room 120A
The Buttonhole Technique enables the removal of larger amounts of breast tissue and skin than the Keyhole and Peri-areolar methods, making it a good choice for medium- and large-chest trans men. Using this new technique, Dr. Sherie also re-sizes and re-positions the nipple-areolar complex (NAC) without the additional vertical incisions used with Inverted-T, while preserving appropriate nipple projection and pigmentation, and providing a level of sensation not possible with free nipple grafts. The result is a masculine looking chest with nipples that retain sensation and pigmentation, have appropriate projection, and have a more natural appearance than free nipple grafts. The Buttonhole Technique also has the potential for fewer complications as it avoids the risks of free nipple graft infection and/or loss.

Other surgeons presenting at PTHC 2016:

Dr. Toby R. Meltzer, MD

  • Guidelines for Providers, Both Medical and Mental Health, Preparing and Treating a Patient for Trans and Related Surgery.
  • Male to Female Surgical Options: Genital, Facial Feminization, Breast Augmentation, Revisions/Repairs and Body Contouring
  • Female to Male Surgical Options: Genital, Chest, Revisions/Repairs, Facial Masculinization and Body Contouring

Dr. Marci L. Bowers

  • New Directions in Surgical Gender Confirmation for MTF /FTM
  • New Directions in Surgical Gender Confirmation for FTMs

Dr. Sherman Leis

  • A Positive Body Image with MTF Top and Bottom Surgery: Obtaining Aesthetically Natural and Functional Results in a One-Stage Procedure.
  • Facial Feminization: How We Evaluate Your Facial Features and Customize Treatment for Optimal Results

Surgeons at Gender Odyssey 2016

Taking place the first weekend in August, Gender Odyssey is the largest trans gathering on the West Coast. This year, several Surgeons will be presenting:

Dr. Javad Sajan

Dr. Javad Sajan, MD, is the Presenting Partner of Gender Odyssey 2016. Dr. Sajan is an award-winning Surgeon based in Seattle. He will offer a session on Selecting a Surgeon.

Dr. E. Antonio Mangubat

Dr. Tony Mangubat, MD is a longtime Gender Odyssey sponsor and the most experienced Surgeon offering transgender surgeries in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Mangubat will be presenting a session on FTM Top Surgery.

Dr. Scott Mosser

Dr. Scott Mosser, MD is a Top Surgery expert based in San Francisco. His presentation, Making Sense of Top Surgery Techniques, will be helpful for anyone considering Top Surgery, as well as those who will be providing post-operative care for a friend or loved one.

Dr. Joel Beck

Dr. Joel Beck, MD, FACS is a Surgeon who has been offering transgender surgeries since 2003. His presentation will focus on Facial Feminization and Body Feminization procedures.

More Surgeons presenting at Gender Odyssey 2016:

  • Dr. Toby Meltzer – FTM & MTF Surgeries
  • Dr. Curtis Crane and Dr. Thomas Satterwhite – Facial Feminization, Vaginal, and Top Surgeries
  • Dr. Curtis Crane and Dr. Mang Chen – Phallo, Meta, and Implants

You can find a list of more transgender conferences scheduled in 2016 here.