Surgeons’ Conference Holds First-Ever Panel on Gender Confirmation Surgery

Plastic Surgery: The Meeting 2015

At last week’s “Plastic Surgery: the Meeting” conference in Boston, sessions about Gender Confirmation Surgery were held for the very first time in the event’s 89-year history.

The Meeting is considered the premiere event for plastic surgeons in the United States and is attended by medical professionals from around the world. Tasked with bringing the most cutting-edge clinical information to attendees, organizers from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) wisely included transgender surgery this year, a lucrative emerging field in medicine.

“At this year’s sessions, our surgeons and allied health professionals will gather the important knowledge to enable them to advance in the discipline,” Dr. Scot B. Glasberg, ASPS President said.

Two sessions were presented:

Transgender Breast Surgery

Presented by Dr. Juliana Hansen and Dr. William Kuzon.
This one-hour course is intended for plastic surgeons who are considering expanding their practice to offer transgender breast surgery (Top surgery). This course will review best office practices, eligibility criteria, pre-operative assessment, and surgical techniques for both female-to-male as well as male-to-female transgender patients. Attendees should gain the basic information to allow them to safely and optimally address the needs of transgender patients requesting breast surgery.

Reconstructive Transgender Surgery

Presented by Dr. Loren Schechter, Dr. Lawrence Gottlieb, Dr. Stan Monstrey, Dr. Paul Weiss, Dr. Hsu Ma, Dr. Randi Ettner, PhD, and Dr. Douglas Ousterhout.
Gender confirmation surgery is an emerging area in plastic surgery. To date, most practicing plastic surgeons are unfamiliar with gender dysphoria and the role of surgery. This panel will provide a basis for understanding gender dysphoria and the role surgery plays in caring for transgendered individuals. In addition, it will provide an overview of surgical procedures currently available for transgendered individuals. Topics covered will include: Basic understanding of gender dysphoria and role of surgery, Multi-disciplinary nature of care for the transgendered patient, Procedures for male-to-female individuals, and Procedures for female-to-male individuals.

Dr. Loren Schechter“It’s really a surgery that’s been taken out of the shadows and is now being presented at mainstream meetings and highlighted at these meetings,” said Dr. Loren Schechter, a plastic surgeon at Chicago Medical School who moderated one of the sessions. Dr. Schechter noted that he’s on track to complete about 200 gender confirmation surgeries this year alone.