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Gender Confirmation Surgery

Principles and Techniques for an Emerging Field

  • Loren S. Schechter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Randi Ettner
    Pages 21-28
  3. David M. Whitehead, Loren S. Schechter
    Pages 29-40
  4. Dan H. Karasic
    Pages 47-51
  5. Vin Tangpricha, Joshua D. Safer
    Pages 59-63
  6. Joshua D. Safer, Vin Tangpricha
    Pages 65-67
  7. Jennifer L. Miller, Courtney Finlayson
    Pages 69-74
  8. Stelios C. Wilson, Shane D. Morrison, Scott W. Mosser, Thomas Satterwhite
    Pages 75-89
  9. Jens Urs Berli, Eric Plemons
    Pages 91-97
  10. Jess Ting, Marci Bowers
    Pages 123-136
  11. Jiri George Melich, Slawomir Marecik
    Pages 137-145
  12. Cori A. Agarwal, Daniel P. Donato
    Pages 147-160

About this book


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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Editors and affiliations

  • Loren S. Schechter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plastic SurgeryThe Center for Gender Confirmation Surgery Weiss Memorial HospitalChicagoUSA

About the editors

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
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-29092-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-29095-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-29093-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 274
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 180 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Plastic Surgery
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Surgery & Anesthesiology


“The book is written for ‘healthcare professionals, physicians, nurses, and students who have an interest in gender confirmation surgery.’ … This book cogently presents gender confirmation surgery and the alterations necessary to finalize this transformation. This is a worthwhile read for those who treat this population.” (Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, Doody's Book Reviews, July 17, 2020)