What Trans Health Care Providers Should Know About FTM Phalloplasty
FTM Phalloplasty is a procedure that has been continously developed parralel to the modernization of surgical techniques, leading to the advanced microsurgical free flap phalloplasties that are performed today. Nevertheless, some trans healthcare providers remain unaware or skeptical of phalloplasty, holding firm to the belief that it offers little in terms of functional, aesthetic and therapeutic benefits.
Canadian researchers Noah Adams and François Grenier presented a poster at the 2012 CPATH conference that compiles FTM phalloplasty research data “in an attempt to weigh the actual outcome of phalloplasty against the stereotypes and perceptions of this surgery” to “better inform trans health care providers as to the actual impact of this surgery on FTM transsexuals.”
The review analyzes 29 English-language academic studies on FTM phalloplasty published since 1980. Included are charts showing the popularity of various phalloplasty techniques, the ability to stand to void, and rates of satisfaction and complications.
The researchers concluded that while FTM phalloplasty is a technically complicated surgery it can result in a functionally and aesthetically pleasing phallus in the hands of an experienced surgeon, and that health care professionals providing services to transsexual men should increase their knowledge of FTM phalloplasty.