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So This Is How Gender Reassignment Surgery Works

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Men, hold on tight.

Have you ever had surgery? If so, what was it for?

With an estimated 51.4 million inpatient surgeries performed each year in the United States alone, many of us have undergone surgery before. From small procedures like tonsillectomies or having our wisdom teeth removed to longer surgeries that may take hours to complete, perhaps even with our lives on the line, modern medicine never ceases to amaze us.

If and when you got surgery, did it change your life? Save it? One surgery that’s getting more and more coverage in recent years often does both for those seeking it out. The procedure? Sex reassignment surgery, or SRS.

Though the thought might be scary for those comfortable in their own bodies, this surgery gives the opportunity of a second chance for those suffering from gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder.

So, how does it work? A new animated video takes us through the specifics of a male-to-female transition, and it will make you seriously respect those who go choose to go through with it.

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Warning, even as an animation, this is not for the faint of heart.

No matter what you call it, the results are what really matter.

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Colloquially known as a sex change, the various operations such as genitoplasties, penectomies, genital reconstruction surgery, or gender reassignment surgery are among the many procedures individuals may undergo in order to align their physical bodies and reproductive organs with their identified gender. People who get such surgeries are typically referred to as transsexual or transgender. Thailand is the country where most sex reassignment surgeries are performed, followed by Iran.

A Long History

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The first transgender woman to undergo a vaginoplasty was Dora Richter in Berlin, 1931. Another high-profile transition was that of Lili Elbe, who eventually died due to complications from surgery. Her story was documented in the posthumous autobiography Man into Woman as well as the 2000 novel and 2015 movie The Danish Girl.

Further sex reassignment surgeries were documented throughout the 1930s, with popularity increasing thanks to medical advancements and social and psychological awareness in the 20th century. The Gender Centre estimates that male-to-female SRS surgeries grew in number from 1,000 to 20,000 operations between 1960 and 2002.