Center for Gender Confirmation Surgery
About Our Program
The Center for Gender Confirmation Surgery at Weiss, led by medical director Loren S. Schechter, MD, FACS
, offers the full spectrum of Male to Female (MTF) and Female to Male (FTM) procedures consistent with the guidelines established by the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH). Gender confirmation surgery is also sometimes referred to as Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) or Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS).
Providing high-quality, compassionate care and an excellent experience to every patient are top priorities at Weiss. We strive to provide a caring and welcoming environment for transgendered individuals. Our hospital staff has received special training and education on the care of transgendered patients, so that individuals feel welcome and comfortable. Download our booklet for more information (PDF)
After surgery, most patients recover on a dedicated post-surgical unit. Privacy and comfort are enhanced with large, private rooms providing beautiful views of Lake Michigan. Clinical nursing staff is specially trained to care for patients recovering from gender confirmation surgery.
Insurance Coverage and Financing
An increasing number of insurance plans are offering coverage for gender confirmation surgery. Our program navigator can assist patients in determining insurance coverage by submitting the appropriate paperwork for insurance precertification. Even with insurance coverage, patients may still be responsible for fees such as deductibles, co-insurance, and portions of the surgical procedure not covered by insurance.
Requirements for Surgery
Requirement for surgery depend on the procedure requested. Our program navigator will provide information on requirements for specific surgeries.
Prior to surgery, each patient’s medical history will be reviewed by the surgeon and clinically-indicated lab work will be coordinated. At the time of evaluation, the patient will be interviewed, undergo a history and physical examination, sign consent forms, have photographs taken, and receive instructions.
Male to Female (MTF) Penile Inversion Vaginoplasty
Facial Feminization Surgery
Female to Male (FTM) Metoidioplasty
Chest Surgery and Chest Contouring
Every surgical procedure involves a certain amount of risk, and it is important that each patient understand the risks involved. Our physicians review potential risks with patients at the time of consultation. Call (773) 564-7238 for more information or click below to schedule an appointment online.
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In the News
Loren Schechter, M.D., Medical Director of the Center for Gender Confirmation Surgery at Weiss, discusses transgender youth in Chicago Health Magazine. Read the article.
The New York Times profiles Kricket Nimmons and highlights the transgender movement in the U.S. Dr. Loren Schechter, Medical Director for The Center for Gender Confirmation Surgery at Weiss, is featured in the article, discussing the growing acceptance of gender confirmation surgeries. Read the article.
Loren Schechter, M.D., performed the first gender confirmation surgery covered by Medicare in the United States. Watch the video and read the story featured on NBC News.
Loren Schechter, M.D., Medical Director of the Center for Gender Confirmation Surgery at Weiss moderated the first ever panel about gender confirmation surgery at Plastic Surgery the Meeting. Read the article on Boston Magazine online.