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Comment & Response
November 2017

Gender Confirmation Surgery and Terminology in Transgender Health

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison
  • 2Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
  • 3Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Surg. 2017;152(11):1089-1090. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.2345

To the Editor In “What Surgeons Need to Know About Gender Confirmation Surgery When Providing Care for Transgender Individuals: A Review,” Berli et al1 highlight the field of gender confirmation surgery in the United States. While this article offers important information all surgeons providing care to transgender patients should know, it also contains terminology that may be outdated or even considered inappropriate. We seek to clarify the history and context of the term transsexual as listed in the definitions of terms (Table 21).

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