Study Shows Rise and Fall of Transgender Surgeries
A new study has revealed an interesting trend in transgender surgeries over the past few years. From 2016 to 2019, the number of patients undergoing gender-transitioning surgeries steadily increased, only to experience a decline during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the period of 2016 to 2019, approximately 48,000 individuals underwent these transformative surgeries. The peak was reached in 2019, with around 13,000 procedures performed. However, the numbers dropped in 2020, as reported in a study published in the JAMA Network Open journal.
Tracking Gender Transition Surgeries
The researchers collected their data by analyzing patient records that included the diagnosis code of “gender identity disorder” or “transsexualism.” While these terms are still used in some medical records, they are considered outdated or offensive by many.
It is worth noting that the study’s findings may not fully capture the entire transgender population, as not all individuals seeking gender transition surgeries may have been included in the data.
Of those who underwent these surgeries, 52% were between the ages of 19 and 30, while more than 21% were aged 31 to 40. This highlights that a significant portion of the transgender community seeking these procedures falls within these age ranges.
Interestingly, breast and chest procedures were found to be twice as common as other types of transgender surgeries. This suggests that individuals seeking gender transition often prioritize these specific procedures.
To learn more about this topic, you can read the full article from the Washington Examiner.
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