One-Stage Female-to-Male Surgery is Safe and Effective, Study Reports
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Making the surgical gender transition from female to male is a complex process, usually conducted in several surgeries. However, new research shows that this transition can be done safely and effectively in just one stage.
In a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study, researchers explained that the approach takes less time to perform, is less expensive, and requires a shorter hospital stay than multistage surgeries.
Their study involved 79 female-to-male patients between the ages of 18 and 43 who underwent one-stage surgery. During the procedure, surgeons removed both breasts, the vagina, the uterus, and the ovaries. Genitals were reconstructed using metoidioplasty with urethral lengthening.
About a quarter of the patients had complications, such as excessive bleeding and rejection of testicular implants. However, complication rates for one-stage surgeries did not differ from those of multistage surgeries, the authors said.
Patient satisfaction rates were high. Over 90% of the participants said they were satisfied with the appearance of their new genitalia and their erectile function.
The study authors added that success depends on having an experienced, multidisciplinary team of surgeons.
More details on the study are available here.