62 year old contemplates orchiectomy and scrotal removal

March 13, 2016

Dear Dr. Reed,

Thank you for your reply. Having oriechtomy surgery is something I’ve thought about for some time now. I feel that it would be pointless at my age–62–to have complete transition surgery as I am not, alas, sexually active. Nor do I wish, at this point in my life, to go through the ordeal of explaining to family and friends that I desire to be a woman. I do feel however that having my testicles removed would be an important step, and symbol, in my personal and sexual life as a crossdresser. I’ve been crossdressing since 2001 (I also crossdressed briefly after reaching puberty).

The greatest impediment to having oriechtomy surgery has not been physical or psychological, but financial. I’m semi-retired now and the costs of the procedure, while not prohibitive, are substantial, especially if they involve complete scrotal removal ($4,000 I think). I’m just not sure what it would be like, once the testicles are removed, if the empty scrotum is left intact.

I hope this is a good starting point for us discussing the possibility of you performing oriechtomy surgery on me. I live not too far away in Clearwater  Thanks again,   Robin

Good morning Robin,

Thank you for your interest in what we do.  There are photographs of status post orchiectomy and scrotal removal on our web-site Orchiectomy Procedure: Male to Female Surgery | The Reed Centre   You may be surprised that we have operated on several patients your age or higher in the past few months doing full vaginoplasty.

As this is irreversible genital surgery 2 letters of therapy clearance are required, one written by a therapist with a doctoral degree.  If you do not have a therapist already we can provide a list of excellent therapists in south Florida, many of which can evaluate you over the phone with Skype.

You may obtain more information by calling them on phone.  Please present briefly: your history, age, transition status, how long you have been living 100% in your ideal gender, and the surgical procedure you would like to have.   Then, ask for a price quote.  If agreeable, schedule an initial telephone interview.

Harold M. Reed, M.D.
The Reed Centre for Transgender Surgery – Miami

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