“Sex change” surgery is all the rage these days, with many pushing for even teenagers and young children to be allowed to get the entirely superficial surgery.
Despite the names often used for this type of plastic surgery such as “gender reconstruction surgery” and “sex change operation”, it does not actually change one’s gender. It is also crazy that we have to clarify this in this day and age. It is true, however, that no matter how many times one goes under the knife, they will not become the opposite sex, as gender is determined by biology.
At any rate, despite the growing popularity of genital reconstruction surgery (the medical term and most fitting name for it), surgeons are reporting an alarming rate of patients seeking gender reconstruction surgery to reverse their original operations.
The Liberty Counsel reports that one of the world’s leading genital reconstruction surgery specialists, Professor Miroslav Djordjevic, has seen a huge spike in patients coming to him not to pretend to be the opposite sex, but to ask them to undo previous operations they have had.
Djordjevic told The Telegraph that there are two reasons for this. The first is that there is not enough research being done on rates of regret from these types of surgery.
We know this to be true, as we reported a few weeks ago that a University in the UK actually denied a proposal from a psychologist who wanted to study transgender regret for fear it would be too “politically incorrect.”
The second reason Djordjevic gave is that too many doctors are allowing gender reconstruction surgery to proceed with little or no psychological evaluation beforehand.
“While Djordjevic requires his patients to undergo a year or more of psychiatric evaluation followed by hormone evaluation and therapy,” the Liberty Council writes, “some patients seeking reversals have told him that they were only asked if they had the money for the surgery beforehand.”
Djordjevic explains that he has also seen a significant change in the age of the patients coming to him. While the previous average age of his patients was 45 when he began his practice 20 years ago, it is now 20, with some advocating that he operate on underage patients. He sharply objects to this notion, however.
“I’m afraid of what will happen five to ten years later with this person,” he says. Obviously, with what he is seeing in his practice, this is a valid concern.
It seems almost cruel to allow young people to believe that an operation like this will truly change their gender or that they’ll always be happy with the change it makes to their body. How many people get tattoos when they’re young that they go on to regret? Can you only imagine what it’s like to realize you’ve made a mistake by mutilating your body?
“To suggest that people can change their sex like they change clothes or dye their hair is dangerous,” says Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “People’s discontentment with their birth sex cannot be solved by hormones and body mutilation.”
Amen to that!