What is gender-affirming surgery?

Gender-affirming surgeries change the look and function of your assigned sex to more closely match the gender you identify with. Having a gender-affirming surgery may be part of your journey to becoming more of your true self.

Surgical options for gender-affirmation include facial surgery, voice surgery, and top and bottom surgeries. Patients whose assigned sex and gender identity are different may experience gender dysphoria. Gender-affirming surgery is an important part of the management of patients with gender dysphoria.

Top surgery includes procedures to create or remove breasts. Feminizing bottom surgery includes procedures to remove the penis and testicles and create a new vagina, labia and clitoris. Learn more about feminizing bottom surgery.

Masculinizing bottom surgery includes procedures to remove the uterus or add a penis for intercourse and urinating or a small penis to urinate standing up. Learn more about masculinizing bottom surgery.

We follow the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s standards when performing gender-affirming surgeries. These guidelines are set for safe, effective physical and mental health care for transgender and gender-nonconforming patients. Requirements for each procedure will vary.

View our Gender Affirming Surgery brochure (PDF)
Surgical options for gender-affirmation

Surgical options for gender-affirmation

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