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Gender-Affirming Chest Reconstruction Among Transgender and Gender-Diverse Adolescents in the US From 2016 to 2019

By Rishub Karan Das, Galen Perdikis, Salam Al Kassis, and Brian C Drolet, 2022

This cross-sectional study examines the incidence, demographic characteristics, and cost associated with masculinizing and feminizing chest surgical procedures among individuals younger than 18 years.

Thirty-five state legislatures have introduced more than 100 bills that limit or prohibit access to medically necessary gender-affirming care for transgender and gender-diverse (TGD) youth, resulting in poor mental and physical health outcomes. Approximately 300 000 adolescents between 13 and 17 years of age identify as transgender. Among TGD individuals experiencing gender dysphoria, gender-affirming surgery may improve functioning and mental health. However, there is a paucity of information regarding gender-affirming surgery in adolescent populations. Reconstructive genital surgery is typically not performed in adolescents, but masculinizing chest reconstruction (eg, mastectomy) and feminizing chest reconstruction (eg, augmentation mammaplasty) may be performed in outpatient and ambulatory surgery settings. We investigated the incidence, demographic characteristics, and spending related to ambulatory gender-affirming chest reconstruction in adolescents using nationally representative data from 2016 to 2019.

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