Most post operative transsexuals are happy with their surgery, according to a recent report in the British Journal of Urology (BJU).
The survey, which studied the experiences of 222 gender reassignment patients revealed that 88 per cent of them said that they were happy with the results at their first post-op appointments.
Compiled by a research team from the departments of Urology and Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, the follow-up section of the report surveyed 70 participants with an average age of 43, that had been gender reassignment patients at the hospital between 1994 and 2004.
All had undergone full surgery, which includes the removal of the penis, urethra repositioning and the construction of female labia.
The report highlighted that of the 70 follow-up studies:
23 per cent of the patients had, or were having, regular intercourse and 61 per cent were happy with the depth of their vagina.
98 per cent had a sensitive clitoris and 48 per cent were able to achieve orgasm.
14 per cent were hypersensitive but none had elected to have their clitoris removed.
29 per cent were troubled by vaginal hair growth, six per cent had had a vaginal prolapse and three per cent had vaginal necrosis (tissue death).
27 per cent reported urinary problems and the majority of these needed revision surgery.
Lead author of the report, urology registrar Jonathan C Goddard, said:
“Despite these problems, which were mainly minor and easily corrected by secondary surgery, 76 per cent of the patients who provided detailed feedback were happy with the cosmetic result of their surgery and 80 per cent said the surgery had met their expectations.”