Prerequisites for FTM Surgery

A suitable candidate for gender reassignment surgery FTM surgery is a person who has been diagnosed with at least one of the following disorders:

  • Gender Identity Disorder
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Associated Conditions

Prerequisites for FTM Surgery

Sex change in Mexico is highly recognized to have an effective involvement for patients with gender dysphoria. Mexican surgeon to date will not perform the procedure without adequate proof that an individual has met the following requirements.

Patients must meet general criteria:

  • Adult age (18 years of age or older)
  • Physically health to withstand the physical strain of surgery
  • Psychologically prepared for the stresses of surgery
  • Realistic goals and expectations
  • Understand surgical procedures, including risks and possible complications
  • Give consent for the surgery
  • Support of spouse, family, significant other, friends
  • Economically stable

SRS surgeries are associated with detailed protocols to confirm that surgical treatment is appropriate and that every FTM patient is a suitable candidate.

To uphold quality care, the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association – an international association– has established and published guidelines for the evaluation of the GRS patients prior to surgeries.

Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association’s Standards of Care

Evaluation by 2 mental health professionals prior to SRS (trained in gender identity issues)**

Twelve months of continuous hormonal therapy for those without a medical contraindication

Lived desired gender role or RLE (Real Life Experience) for at least one year

Hormone treatment for at least one year (6 months in Mexico)

The surgeon is part of the team of clinicians participating in a long-term treatment process and must understand the basis of the recommendation for genital surgery

The surgeon must have specialized competence in SRS

Physical assessment prior to surgery

** Two clinical behavioral scientists have made the favorable recommendation for surgical (genital) sex reassignment and possess a doctoral degree. Two Letters of Recommendation must be provided. Two separate letters or one letter with two signatures is acceptable.


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