Gender affirmation surgery from a public health perspective: Advances, challenges, and areas of opportunity

Eva A. Williams, Carissa L. Patete, Seth Thaller

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Abstract

Gender affirmation surgery (GAS) is sought out by approximately 20 to 40% of transgender individuals. These patients possess unique mental and physical health needs. These are compounded by prejudices and lack of education about transgender individuals within the medical system and society at large. Societal and medical barriers are associated with increased risks of violence, suicide, and sexually transmitted infections. This combination of high medical needs and barriers to accessing appropriate care may give rise to a self-perpetuating cycle of risk exposure, stigmatization, prejudice, and eventually poor health outcomes. It is imperative that plastic and reconstructive surgeons understand GAS from a public health perspective, so that they may provide the highest quality of care and help alleviate these disparities. The authors describe unique public health topics in GAS. These are specifically related to healthcare access, surgical education, cultural sensitivity, as well as mental health outcomes for patients who undergo GAS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1349-1351
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Public Health
Transgender Persons
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Stereotyping
Quality of Health Care
Medical Societies
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Violence
Suicide
Plastics
Delivery of Health Care
Health

Keywords

  • Craniofacial surgery
  • Gender affirmation surgery
  • Public health
  • Transgender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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Gender affirmation surgery from a public health perspective : Advances, challenges, and areas of opportunity. / Williams, Eva A.; Patete, Carissa L.; Thaller, Seth.

In: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, Vol. 30, No. 5, 01.01.2019, p. 1349-1351.

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