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Gender Confirmation Surgery

Principles and Techniques for an Emerging Field

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  • Explores the evolution of technique and advances in gender confirmation surgery
  • Covers both transwomen and transmen surgical techniques
  • Features sections covering education of future surgeons in this particular field as well as the role of society and media

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Gender confirming surgery represents one of many therapies for individuals with gender dysphoria and can be pivotal in allowing individuals to become their true selves. An emerging field, this text represents a continuing evolution of surgical techniques, as well as a framework around which surgical therapies are based. Providing a fundamental understanding of the surgical principles while also recognizing the fast-paced nature of the advances in technique, Gender Confirmation Surgery touches upon the challenges and complexities in the surgical care of transgender individuals, featuring detailed sections for transwomen and transmen surgeries, non-surgical options, and establishing educational programs.

Written as a guide primarily for surgeons in plastics, urology, and gynecology, this book can also appeal to primary care practitioners, mental health professionals, and endocrinologists. By representing an evolution of technique and advances in the field, Gender Confirmation Surgery offers a framework around which practitioners can familiarize themselves with gender surgery.

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Table of contents (25 chapters)


Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Plastic Surgery, The Center for Gender Confirmation Surgery Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago, USA

    Loren S. Schechter

About the editor

Dr. Schechter earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Schechter completed his residency in general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals, and completed a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at the University of Chicago, where he currently holds an associate teaching position. Dr. Schechter is an associate professor of surgery, and chief of the division of plastic surgery at Chicago Medical School and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

Based in Chicago, Dr. Loren Schechter, MD offers the full spectrum of MTF and FTM procedures, including Vaginoplasty, FFS, Metoidioplasty and Phalloplasty. Dr. Schechter is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and is also a member of: American Society of Plastic Surgery, American College of Surgeons, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery, Midwest Association of Plastic Surgeons, Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons, Chicago Surgical Society, World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

Dr. Schechter lectures nationally and internationally at surgical meetings, universities, and community groups. He received the Illinois State Bar Association Community Leadership Award for advocacy in support of LGBT issues. Dr. Schechter’s private practice is located in Morton Grove, and he performs gender confirmation surgeries in his clinic and at other certified medical facilities in the area: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Thorek Memorial Hospital, Weiss Memorial Hospital.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Gender Confirmation Surgery

  • Book Subtitle: Principles and Techniques for an Emerging Field

  • Editors: Loren S. Schechter

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-29092-4Published: 01 February 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-29095-5Published: 26 August 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-29093-1Published: 31 January 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 274

  • Number of Illustrations: 180 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Plastic Surgery

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