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Gender Affirmation

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When you identify as transgender, a physical and emotional transition – completed with great care and research – aligns your outer appearance with your inner identity. Any path you choose on your journey is appropriate. What is important is that you feel secure, comfortable, and healthy along the way. Here at the University of Miami Health System, our highly-trained surgeons, nurses, and entire staff are committed to serving you during this exciting time.

Your choice of surgeons and program is determined by many factors, including the credentials of the surgeon, our commitment to excellence, the friendliness of the office and hospital staff, our location, and value. We believe that our comprehensive and detailed package is the premier choice.

Why Choose UHealth?

Highly-trained specialists to perform your surgery. Offering the latest in leading-edge research and technology, our plastic surgeons treat many patients who have been referred by doctors from across the country and around the globe. Members of our plastic and reconstructive team are experts in a variety of complex procedures and represent a wide range of medical skills and training.

LGBTQ Services. Our medical providers are committed to ensuring all patients have access to high quality, comprehensive medical and mental health care with compassion and sensitivity in a confidential setting, regardless of sexual expression or gender identity. We have designed medical and mental health services to meet the specific needs of lesbian, gay, transgender, and questioning patients, including:
  • Comprehensive gender affirmation procedures
  • Individual psychotherapy to address all mental health issues, including transitioning issues
  • Primary medical care, including routine health care physicals

 

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Treatments

  • Male-to-Female (M2F)  

    We offer the following surgeries for affirmed women:

    • Bottom sex reassignment surgery (SRS): surgical reshaping of the male genitalia to more closely resemble female genitalia
    • Breast augmentation: breast implants
    • Clitoroplasty: surgical creation of a clitoris
    • Facial feminization (FFS): gives the face a more feminine look
    • Gluteal (buttocks) and hip augmentation: gives the body a more feminine look
    • Labial rejuvenation/augmentation: enhances the labia
    • Labiaplasty: surgical creation of the labia (outer skin folds of the vagina)
    • Orchiectomy: surgical removal of the testicles
    • Vaginoplasty: surgical creation of a vagina

       

  • Female-to-Male (F2M)  

    We offer the following surgeries for affirmed men:

    • Breast reduction (mastectomy): surgical removal of breast tissue
    • Chest construction: breast removal, also known as “top surgery” (mastectomy)
    • Hysterectomy: surgical removal of the uterus
    • Bilateral oophorectomy: surgical removal of both ovaries
    • Metoidioplasty: surgical creation of a penis using clitoris that has been enlarged using testosterone
    • Phalloplasty – Stage 1: surgical creation of a penis that includes a vaginectomy (removal of the vagina), urethroplasty (lengthening the urethra — tube through which urine leaves the body — to the tip of the created penis), and forearm pre-lamination (using skin from the arm to help create male genitalia)
    • Phalloplasty– Stage 2: surgical creation of a penis that includes scrotoplasty (surgical creation of the scrotum — a pouch of skin that holds the testicles) and glansplasty (surgery to create the glans penis — the sensitive, rounded structure at the tip of the penis)

       


Who is a Candidate?


Patients under the age of 18 will need parental consent for genital procedures. For patients with a Gender Identity diagnosis, our staff follows the guidelines of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH). These guidelines are established to ensure that you are fully prepared for surgery. WPATH recommends you receive one or two referral letters before undergoing gender affirmation surgery. These letters must be from an experienced mental health professional with whom you have worked for over a year. Letters must state that gender affirming surgery is the correct course of treatment for you.

What to Expect


The University of Miami's UHealth Tower is a fully accredited 560-bed hospital located in downtown Miami. Patients undergoing genital procedures — including GAS (gender affirmation surgery) — will enjoy the utmost privacy during their outpatient (go home the same day) or inpatient procedures. If you must stay overnight in the hospital (inpatient), you will have a private room in our very modern, comfortable hospital. Our staff has cared for a wide range of patients including celebrities, politicians, and royalty.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • DIKLA
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • EHN PPO
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • FCCI WC
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care