I'm in college writing an essay on SRS. I was wondering if you had anything to share regarding the aftermath of surgery. I understand there are many psychological issues before the irreversible surgery (depression, suicidal ideas) but what about after? Is it completely wrong to think that some patients are putting in all of the time to get the surgery and then cutting off the psychological help? Or is the surgery enough to solve these problems?
By -- Mar 16, 2022
That is a good question. Actually a certain percentage of post-ops do stay in therapy for a while after surgery. However, that is mainly to ease out of the years of pre-op work that has been going on. Keep in mind that a letter of referral is given only to those individuals who have come to terms with their transsexual status and have shown that they are living comfortably in their new gender role. To clarify, it is not the surgery per se that solves the problem. It is the hormones and all the years of preparation that solves the problem.