Surgical options for treating gender dysphoria
Gender-affirming surgery refers to surgical procedures aimed to help alleviate gender dysphoria. These surgeries change a person's anatomy and body function to better align with their gender identity (the gender they know themselves to be). As such, they can be an important part of the journey for some transgender and gender-expansive people.
Gender-affirming surgery is one of several specialized gender care services available through the Main Line Health Gender Care Program. This program involves a multidisciplinary team of surgeons who are trained and experienced in performing a range of gender-affirming surgical procedures, including:
- Facial feminization surgery
- Tracheal shave (Adam's apple reduction)
- Chest reconstruction (top surgery), including feminizing top surgery, masculinizing top surgery, and nonbinary top surgery
- Creation of a vagina (vaginoplasty)
- Removal of the testicles (orchiectomy)
- Body contouring
- Voice feminization surgery
Our gender care surgeons follow the guidelines for safe and effective gender-affirming surgery set forth by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) in its Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People. An important first step in the care of surgical patients is understanding a person's goals for surgery and then developing an appropriate plan.