by Francesco M. Egro, MD, MSc, MRCS (@FrancescoEgro)
The August edition of the #PRSJournalClub offered an exciting discussion of a great PRS article entitled “Male-to-Female Sex Reassignment Surgery Using the Combined Technique Leads to Increased Quality of Life in a Prospective Study” by Papadopulos NA, Zavlin D (@DmitryZavlinMD) et al. The article can be found here.
In the study, Papadopulos NA et al. present a prospective study to evaluate whether sex reassignment surgery has similar effects for male-to-female transgender patients compared to baseline data before sex reassignment surgery. A total of 39 patients who underwent their first-stage male-to-female sex reassignment surgery between October of 2012 and January of 2014 responded to questionnaires preoperatively (time 0) and approximately 6 months after their final operation (time 1). Significant improvements were found in the Questions on Life Satisfaction, Modules (German version), especially for the items “partnership,” “ability to relax,” “energy,” “freedom from anxiety,” “hair,” “breast,” and “penis/vagina” (p < 0.01). Furthermore, the patients appeared more emotionally stable (p = 0.03), showed higher self-esteem (p = 0.01), and showed much lower depression/anxiety (p < 0.01). Thus, the authors concluded that the increased quality of life of transgender women postoperatively endorses sex reassignment surgery as a valuable option for these patients.
The article was first discussed by the current Resident Ambassadors to the PRS Editorial Board Jordan Frey (@JordanFreyMD), Shuja Shafqat (@shujashafqatmd), and Chad Purnell (@ChadPurnellMD), and the special guest moderator Dr. Michael Zenn. Listen to the podcast discussion below.
A vivid online discussion took place on twitter over a two-day period (August 20-21), where established plastic surgeons and residents were able to ask questions and get answers from the authors of the article themselves! Don’t worry if you missed it! A summary of the exciting discussion is provided.
Click on the tweets below to check out the full discussions! Enjoy it and see you all at the next #PRSJournalClub!