If you’re considering gender confirmation bottom surgery, also known  as genital reconstruction surgery or sex reassignment surgery, it’s crucial to have thorough discussions with your healthcare providers. Here are some important questions you may want to ask:

  1. What are the different surgical options available? There are different procedures available depending on whether you’re transitioning from male-to-female (MTF) or female-to-male (FTM). Understanding the procedures can help you make an informed decision.
  2. What are the risks and potential complications of each procedure? All surgeries carry risks, such as infection, bleeding, or reactions to anesthesia. There may also be risks specific to the procedure, like loss of sensation or need for revision surgeries.
  3. What results can I realistically expect? It’s important to have realistic expectations about the surgery. This includes understanding how your body will look and function after surgery, including sexual function.
  4. What is the recovery process like? Recovery can be a long process and may involve pain, swelling, and a period of sexual abstinence. You may also need to do regular post-operative care at home, like dilation for MTF surgery.
  5. What is the cost of the surgery and aftercare, and will my insurance cover it? The cost of the surgery can be high, and not all insurance companies cover it. It’s important to understand all the costs involved, including aftercare and potential future surgeries.
  6. What type of mental health support is available? Transitioning, including undergoing surgery, can be emotionally challenging. Mental health support is a crucial part of the process.
  7. How much experience do you have with this surgery, and can I speak to any previous patients about their experiences? You want to ensure your surgeon is experienced and can provide patient testimonials or before-and-after pictures.
  8. What are the requirements to qualify for surgery? Many surgeons and insurance companies follow the WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) Standards of Care, which require things like a period of real-life experience and letters of recommendation from mental health professionals.
  9. What kind of follow-up care is provided? Follow-up care is crucial after any surgery. Find out how often you’ll have appointments, how complications are handled, and who to contact with questions or concerns.

This is a significant decision that can greatly impact your life. Be sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.