Thread on age limit for surgery, “I am intersex” and not getting medical attention

Is there  a age limit  were people cant have   SRS  ????

As i have been told by doctors at Dunedin  Hospital that i am far to old   to have    surgery done  so i can be more femine in my self  rather than  to feel like a half male   and half female    if you understand what iam saying  as thats why i say that iam Intersex   but some people in New Zealand havent got a clue to what gender they are  as i found this  out in Christchurch  as i went there to try and stop the suicide  rate of transgender  people and  even  some transexaul  folk   as it did  help as we started of with  3 in our group and   now there is well over  150,000 and there are the people who are very confused with their sexaulity too ;
and  harold could you please tell me  if you still surgery  at  REED GENDER  CLINIC ???
as i have been to you hospital before   for  a tumor operation  years ago
thank you  ;

Dunedin  NZ

Hi Mandi,

How old are you, your height, weight, medical condition (limitation in exercise, current medications, etc)?

Intersex, in humans and other animals, is a variation in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, and genitals that do not allow an individual to be distinctly identified as male or female. Such variation may involve genital ambiguity, and combinations of chromosomal genotype and sexual phenotype other than XY determination

What makes you think you are interesex other than beyond what you are below the waist and mentally feeling like a woman.

Are you abiding to a strict definition or are you using the term as an alternate way of saying transgender?

Harold M. Reed, M.D.

Why do you say you are intersex as opposed to transgender. Have you had any
chromosomal tests showing you have both male and female genes. If you are intersex, what is the medical basis for the occurrence, if known?

Intersex or hermaphroditism is a birth defect and there should be no hesitation
or criticism about correcting it.


Harold M. Reed, M.D.

Dear Mary,


Medicare covers or will pay for transgender surgery when “medically necessary.”  This means your cardiologist and licensed therapists (2 are required and in our practice at least one has to have a doctoral degree).  They also should state “surgery is medically necessary.”

Your cardiologist should perform a nuclear stress EKG test about 2 weeks before surgery to verify there are no underlying cardiac abnormalities, or suggestion of prior silent myocardial infarction.

Ideally a sterling letter of medical clearance is required.

Additionally you will need to be done in a hospital and most likely will require a stay of 2 or 3 days
post-operatively before discharge to make sure you have your sea legs and are quite stable.

I hope you can find a surgeon who will accept the 1400 dollar that Medicare offers as payment in full.

Given a 4 to 5 hour operation and my arriving a half hour early and staying an additional half hour with you recover in the recovery room,.  Seeing you daily for a week, and being responsible for post-operative followup for 3 months or so, all I can wish you is good luck.  We do reduce our fees several thousand dollars given that Medicare pays for your hospitalization and anesthesia

Being in stirrups for 4 to 5 hours confers more risks than a one hour or less herniorrhaphy.

Your surgeon has to “love” you and love himself/herself and treat you exactly as he/she would want to be treated.  He/she needs to arrive early to confer with the OR nurses and techs to be sure all the needed equipment, dressings etc. are there.  The surgeon should confer with anesthesia  and assistants, who ideally have done similar cases to be sure everyone is informed.

Ideally the case should be the first of the morning when everyone is fresh, and the likelihood of help drifting out of the operating room for lunch breaks and covered by a “temp” is unlikely.

There can be no side conversations in the operating room relating to outside events.  It’s focus, focus, focus.  The surgeon needs to confer with anesthesia periodically (after all they’re both working on the same patient), and the surgeon must be extremely vigilant and hear every chirp from the pulse oxymeter, and sense every blood drop lost as being his or her own.

The surgeon must be prepared to abort the procedure after stabilization if any unusual complications occur.

To everyone in the operating room you are number 1 and you are family,  It’s patient care to the nth degree., compassionate followup and availability.

Harold M. Reed

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