Originally Posted by la_angel
I was finally able to see this and I liked it, but I wish they would have focused more on the surgery rather than body modifications like tongue splitting, piercings, etc. The transgender person really was a basketcase. I don't recall his age (I think it was 19 or 20) and he said that he believed his feminization surgery would "solve all my problems." People that believe any surgery will solve "all their problems" need to see a therapist or psychiatrist. They are not a good candidate for surgery and I can't believe a doctor would do those operations with a patient that says that kind of stuff!
I just happened to stumble upon this and I thought it was important for me to add something:
Someone who goes through any kind of gender reassignment surgery must undergo extensive psychiatric evaluation, I have never once heard of a doctor not requiring this. The process takes years and a psychiatrist must clear someone to get the surgery-it is not just the patient's decision.
Most patients continue psychological care after they have undergone the surgery, it's an ongoing process. I didn't hear her say that it would help solve all of her problems because I tuned in late, and I also did not hear if she had already had her genital surgery yet, but it is pretty much impossible for someone to walk into a plastic surgeon's office and say "make me a woman/man".
For many people who feel as though they were born the wrong gender, the reassignment surgery can solve MANY of their problems. It obviously isn't a fix all, but it has saved lives.