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(FAQ) Orchiectomy | Dr. Harold Reed | The Reed Centre for Transgender Surgery

Dr. Reed, I have been living as a transgender woman for 5 years, taking  estrogens and spironolactone for 5 years. Cannot afford a vaginioplasty yet but would like to have an orchiectomy.  What’s involved and how soon.  Linda

Dear Linda,

We do several orchiectomies every month at the Reed Centre for Transgender Surgery.

The advantages are reduction of estrogens by about 1/3rd and avoidance of testosterone blockers such as Spironolactone,

Yes, we do high ligation of the cord (no tootsie roll). Prior to orchiectomy you may wish to consider cryo-preservation of your sperm.

Please see http://srsmiami.com/photography-orchiectomy.html for before and after male to female sex change pictures

Mention should be made that there are medical (non-surgical) ways to achieve the same effect with hormones or testosterone blockers. At least you may wish to have a clinical trial with these methods to see if this is really for you.

Next, if you are married we do need a release from your wife,. You will also need 2 letters of clearance, both written by licensed therapists, one of which has a doctoral degree (could be a PhD or an MD if a psychiatrist) saying your are mentally stable, that the likelihood of remorse is low, and that you will be a happier and more productive person as a result of your orchiectomy, or at this time in your transition that the procedure is “medically necessary.”

Fees are consultation: $250, orchiectomy to include high removal of cord under local with IV sedation, use of the operating room and any followup aftercare I provide: $2,500.

If you wish for simultaneous removal of the scrotum please add an additional $1500.

If you are 40 years or older, you may also need a letter of medical clearance with reference to a recent EKG, and routine lab tests…a CBC, PT, PTT and platelet count.

Candidates who wish to secure their reservations are required to have minimally a letter of clearance if needed and a phone consultation with a favorable response to questions of concern. Assuming this, you will be given the nod to send in a 50% deposit which is non-refundable.

If there is further interest please call and ask for Anne our amiable office manager who will assist with arrangements.

You will need to stay overnight, ideally 2 days after surgery, at a nearby motel.

We recommend Daddy O Hotel, 9660 East Bay Harbor Drive, one block from our office (305-868-4141) somewhat more posh, or the Baltic Hotel (305-861 8845) where Cristina (owner manager) takes excellent care of our patients.  Please stop estrogens for one month before surgery as they are coagulogenic (produce blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, coronary and cerebral events.  Do stop spironolactone for 2 weeks before surgery. such as Celebrex or Vioxx for a week before surgery. No Vitamin E or excessive alcohol or spices for a week before surgery as this may promote bruising. Bruising can be reduced (many believe) with Bromelain 500 mg 1 twice a day, Arnica montana (Boiron brand) dose 30C (take 4 small tablets sublingually, 4 times a day), vitamin C 500 mg (3 times a day) starting 1 week before surgery. Do take these medications unless there are specific reasons why you choose not to and let’s discuss it beforehand.

Boiron brand is available at Whole Foods and on the web at http://www.vitaminshoppe.com for “pennies” and we do notice a difference. You will need 2 vials.

We hope to have the pleasure of serving you whenever your travel plans include the South Florida area.

With kindest regards,

Harold M. Reed, M.D.
1111 Kane Concourse, Suite # 311
Bay Harbor Islands, Florida 33154
305-865-2000

PS

For orchiectomy or feminizing vaginoplasty which is irreversible surgery, we need 2 letters of therapy clearance.

1. The letter should be written on a professional letterhead.

2. In the first paragraph, the therapist should introduce himself/herself and provide some background about his/her training, etc.

3. That the likelihood of patient remorse or regret having had surgery is extremely low or remote.

4. That the patient is mentally/emotionally stable

5. Towards the end of the letter the therapist has to say (words to this effect) I recommend, I endorse, I approve, Katelyn would be an excellent candidate for feminzing vaginoplasty or orchiectomy. (not intersex surgery) . Not Katelyn has a good head on her shoulders, she knows
what to do. That the procedure is medically necessary.

6. At least one letter has to be written by a therapist with a doctoral degree.

7. One letter is a comprehensive letter which details your psychological background, pertinent medical history , any adjustment problems, etc.

8. The second letter is a letter of concurrence (more simple).

9. Lastly, the therapist or psychiatrist has to say, “I would welcome a call from Dr. Reed, if there are any questions or concerns.”

If you have difficulty obtaining such letters we have a list of therapists in Florida all with doctoral degrees, and you can confer with them and check out fees, etc. They do the evaluation and write such letters routinely.

Hoping this is of help. Please feel free to call me at any time if I may be of more service.

Have a restful and safe weekend,

Harold M. Reed, M.D.
The Reed Centre for Transgender Surgery – Miami
305-865-2000

Orchiectomy Example 2: Another patient status post orchiectomy and scrotal removal, unsure if she was ever capable of going all the way. P.S. she now wishes to have complete MTF and loss of scrotum poses no problem whatsoever.  Hoping to post followup photos in a few months.

Picture of patient who had an orchiectomy and scrotal removal (patient of Dr. Reed)

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