Transgender Surgery in Cleveland, Ohio
For more detailed information about FtM mastectomy surgery and how to proceed with scheduling, please read Dr. Medalie's informational PDF by clicking on the button below (It says "Top Surgery Patients Click Here").
Currently, Dr. Medalie has about a 6 month waiting list for surgery. He is going to be transitioning into private practice from a hospital setting around June of next year. Because he is leaving the hospital and there is a large wait list, he is no longer accepting insurance. Once he is in private practice, he won't be contracted with insurance companies. As of now, patients trying to get insurance coverage won't be able to have surgery with Dr. Medalie before he would go into private practice. He is looking at possibly spending some time each month at a hospital in New York but nothing has been finalized. If he does spend time at the New York hospital, he may accept insurance when he operates there. Updates will be provided when we have more information.
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Dr. Medalie is currently booking 5-6 months in advance for top surgery, so please be patient and nice to his secretary, Valerie!. If you would like to schedule an evaluation of your chest to determine what type of operation may be necessary, please e-mail front and side photos to Valerie at Valerie@ClevelandPlasticSurgery.com Before you contact her please download the HISTORY FORM by clicking HERE, and send it along with the photos. She can also answer most of your logistical questions. Typical fees for "top surgery" are $6500-7500 (this includes anesthesia and facility fees and all post operative care).
Dr. Medalie in Cleveland, Ohio is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Female to Male chest or "top" surgery. He has been featured in several documentaries about transgender surgery including ones on MTV and LOGO tv.
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Female to Male Chest Surgery
The procedure is based on the following:
- Size and shape of breast
- Elasticity of skin
- Patient's needs and preferences
|This is an example small subcutaneous mastectomy with peri areolar purse-string closure.|
|This is an example of double incision and nipple/areolar Grafting|
In general, patients who have smaller breasts can have the entire surgery performed by having a small amount of skin removed (in a doughnut pattern , also known as-"peri-areolar or "purse-string" mastopexy"). A subcutaneous mastectomy is performed and then the outer edge of the skin is closed with a purse-string to the newly down-sized areola . By necessity the edges of the incision around the nipple will be "scalloped" or bunched up initially. This settles down to a great degree over time. If the patient understands that scar revision may be necessary, this is a very reasonable approach. The nipple may experience compromise of its blood supply and also have sensation or erectile capacity changes.
In those patients with a large amount of breast tissue with excessive skin of poor quality and droop, it is usually recommend to remove the excess skin and breast tissue in the crease of the pectoralis muscles (elliptical or double skin excision mastectomy) and put the nipples and areolae back on as grafts. This surgery has the advantage of immediate and predictable results. I can contour the skin flaps and place the nipples where I want to. It has the disadvantage of permanently altering the sensation and erectile capacity of the nipples, and it leaves larger scars on the chest. Over time they fade and flatten out. At each end of the scar, "dog-ears" may form. These are small bunches of tissue created by the closing of the ellipse as a straight line. They tend to settle down over time, but may need to be revised. I can try and address the dog ears at the time of surgery but this can extend the length of the scar.
Scheduling Surgery (This is Important)
I frequently perform operations on FtM patients who live out of town and are unable to easily to see me in consultation prior to the procedure. I have several requirements for these patients (all of these must be fulfilled prior to scheduling):
1)I must have a therapist letter. This letter must adhere to WPATH standards and state that you meet the criteria for gender identity disorder and are a good candidate for this irreversible and life-changing surgery. This must be sent to us (e-mail, fax or mail) before we schedule the surgery.
2) I must see pictures prior to scheduling surgery (front and side with arms down). Please do not hold the camera yourself.
3) Patients need to go to the top of this page and download a history form (there is an easily visible link to the form), fill it out, and send it to my secretary, Valerie.
4) There is a $65 consultation fee that will be charged to you once you have all of your material gathered. This fee covers the time spent by my secretary and myself to evaluate your information. To pay, please call Valerie at 216-778-4575. This fee gets applied toward your surgery fee if you proceed with scheduling.
Typically I will perform a phone consultation several weeks prior to the procedure. I will then perform the operation and see them back in my clinic in 5-7 days to remove drains and change the dressing. This means that the patient will spend around 1 week in the Cleveland area. Patients who live far away, but can drive to Cleveland (2-6 hrs.), can go home the next day and drive back to see me for their first post-operative appointment. I will then follow the progress of the patient via e-mailed pictures on a weekly basis. Occasionally I have had patients who have gone home and had their primary care doctor remove the drains and perform the first dressing change. I do not prefer this but do allow it if I the patient can assure me of good care. My secretary has information about hotels in the area as well as financing. For all logistical details she is the best person to contact. Her e-mail is Valerie@ClevelandPlasticSurgery.com
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Insurance Coverage and Fees (This is important!)
Currently, Dr. Medalie has about a 6 month waiting list for surgery. He is going to be transitioning into private practice from a hospital setting around June of next year. Because he is leaving the hospital and there is a large wait list, he is no longer accepting insurance. Once he is in private practice, he won't be contracted with insurance companies. As of now, patients trying to get insurance coverage won't be able to have surgery with Dr. Medalie before he would go into private practice. He is looking at possibly spending some time each month at a hospital in New York but nothing has been finalized. If he does spend time at the New York hospital, he may accept insurance when he operates there. Updates will be provided when we have more information. Even if you self pay, your insurance company may reimburse you for the surgery.We have a standard letter with standard codes that we send to yo to give to insurance companies.The codes for the surgery will be simple mastectomy and nipple reconstruction (CPT 19303-50, 19350-50) and the diagnosis codes will be gender identity disorder (ICD-10: F64.1).
I typically perform chest liposuction on the sides,central chest and pre-axillary region during surgery. This is cosmetic liposuction and is used to enhance the aesthetic result. This is not covered by insurance (even if I start again in New York to accept insurance)! The fee is typically $1500 extra for this part of the procedure.Please do not ask us to submit this to your insurance-it will not be covered, and we will not do it.
Many patients ask whether other procedures can be performed concurrently with the top surgery. The most common procedure asked about is liposuction of the flanks, hips, abdomen and thighs. I do this frequently to help contour the whole trunk and would be happy to discuss this with any prospective patient. Please include the whole trunk (front and back) in the photos sent to me so that I can effectively evaluate you. The cost is variable and depends on the extent of extra liposuction performed and the anticipated time that it will take.
In this operation, the surrounding skin of the clitoris is removed and it is released from the pubis to give the appearance of more length. The glands will appear circumcised in most patients. The final result is a normal appearing, but very small, penis. Actual result will depend on various factors as described below. The outcome is largely dependent upon how much enlargement of the clitoris has occurred with Testosterone. The best results from the metoidioplasty are in patients who are near their ideal body weight and do not have an overhanging mons pubis. In most patients, removal of some skin and liposuction of the fat of the mons will also improve the result. The principal advantage of the metoidioplasty is that it is noninvasive, maintains the sensitivity of the clitoris, and does not create apparent surgical scars. Furthermore, it does not prevent future genital surgery from being done at a later time should one decide. The penis will not, however, appear adult in size, and it is not large enough for vaginal intercourse. Dr. Medalie does not perform urethral lengthening with metoidioplasty. Dr. Medalie typically performs simple metoidioplasty as an outpatient procedure. If a patient desires scrotal construction from the labia majora and insertion of testicular implants, this procedure can be done simultaneously with the non-urethral metoidioplasty.
MtF Chest Surgery
In those male patients who desire female breasts the first treatment that can be of benefit is the female hormone, estrogen. The results are extremely variable, but almost all patients have some growth of breast tissues. The more definitive and predictable way to achieve female breasts is through implant surgery. This surgery is no different for genetically male patients than genetically female patients. I encourage readers to see my breast augmentation section as well as examine the information at the American Society of Plastic Surgery at www.plasticsurgery.org.
|Before Breast Implants
||After Breast Implants|