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"A Patient Gets the New Transgender Surgery She Helped Invent" - Megan Molteni

  • Wired.com
  • (September 11, 2017)

Like many other surgery patients, Hayley Anthony has a daily physical therapy regimen. But unlike other post-ops, the 30-year-old marketing consultant is recovering from a procedure she helped invent. Five months ago, she became one of the first people in the world to have a piece of tissue incised from the cavity of her abdomen and turned into a vagina. A surgeon in New York City may have pioneered and performed Anthony’s procedure—but the idea to try it in the first place was all hers. Jess Ting, MD, surgical director, Mount Sinai’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, first patient went under the knife about six months ago. It wasn’t Ms. Anthony.  But she’s glad she got in when she did. There are more than 100 people waiting for gender affirmation surgeries at Mount Sinai, and Dr. Ting is the only one doing them. Though, that should soon change. In July, Mount Sinai launched the country’s first medical fellowship dedicated explicitly to transgender surgery

- Jess Ting, MD, Surgical Director, Mount Sinai’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, Assistant Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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