At the Dr Ivan Mañero Plastic Surgery Institute, we have an excellent, highly qualified nursing team, who are highly sensitive to the post-operative approach required for transsexual patients. Their dedication and care, from the moment the patient is admitted, through their time in the operating theatre to the post-operative care afterwards, helps create an atmosphere of well-being at such a difficult yet crucial time for the patient.
At our Gender Surgery Unit, our patients’ well-being is the priority. For this reason we have a Patient Care Service with extensive experience and sensitivity to the situation that people with gender dysphoria are living through.
Through this service we aim for our patients to feel supported throughout the treatment and hope they have a referent for resolving any doubts that might arise concerning the procedure.
Choose your medical team
Choosing a good medical team to whom to entrust yourself for genital gender confirmation surgery is truly a difficult task. The patient must have the information needed to make such a decision and know both the curriculum and the techniques that the medical team who perform the operation will be undertaking. Associations for transsexuals or people with gender dysphoria are incredibly helpful when the patient requires it.
Guide to choosing your surgeon
- Choose a qualified, specialised surgeon. We recommend that you make sure that the doctor conducting the operation is qualified in Plastic, Aesthetic and Restorative Surgery, in Urology, Gynaecology or General Surgery, and that they hold the appropriate accreditation. This means that they have earned their specialisation through examinations called MIR, an essential requirement for practising a specialisation in Spain, and that they have studied their specialisation at a highly recognised hospital.
Furthermore, the surgeon must specialise in genital reconstruction techniques and hold certificates accrediting their attendance at courses given by a surgeon expert in the specialisation.
Lastly, it is vital to stress that a well-prepared doctor must be dedicated to ongoing learning, keen to stay up to date and have a predisposition for acquiring or implementing new techniques that show benefits over traditional ones.
- Multidisciplinary team. Collaboration with other health professionals, such as psychologists, psychiatrists and endocrinologists, is essential to ensure correct pre-operative assessment, as are knowledge of the patient’s experiences, their history of hormone treatment, personal background and whether or not there is family support. In this way, we believe it is crucially important to involve ourselves with creating a bio-psycho-social approach for the transsexual patient.
- Ask for information. During the pre-operative consultations, the doctor must clearly explain the operation they will undertake, the reasons why they have chosen a specific surgical technique, and also the risks that may occur during and after surgery. It is important to mention that at this point they must clarify any doubts regarding the post-operative results that will be attained so as to guarantee the patient’s satisfaction and avoid future frustrations.
- Informed consent. An informed consent should be signed. This is a legal document that contains the authorisation to undergo a particular operation, in which total understanding of the procedure and its possible risks to the patient are stated.