The Recognized Leader in Gender Confirmation Surgery in Colorado

The Recognized Leader in Gender Confirmation Surgery in Colorado


June 12, 2019

Denver Health is proud to be the recognized leader in gender confirmation surgery (commonly known as gender reassignment surgery) in Colorado and the surrounding states. This year, Denver Health is doubling the number of gender confirmation surgeries to reduce wait times for patients, now offering both male-to-female and female-to-male surgeries.

See why Denver Health is leading the way in gender confirmation surgeries.

“We’ve worked hard to build a program that is competent and compassionate, and we’ll do everything we can to take good care of you and your family,” said gender confirmation surgeon and OB-GYN Jennifer Hyer, M.D.

Denver Health’s gender confirmation surgeons have trained under Dr. Marci Bowers, a world-renowned pioneer in the field of gender confirmation surgery.

“This is a huge surgery. It’s a huge surgery that changes a lot about your life, but it’s not the end all, be all to your transition,” Dr. Hyer pointed out.

The following gender confirmation surgeries and procedures are now offered at Denver Health:

• Bottom surgery including vaginoplasty, hysterectomy, orchiectomy
• Metoidioplasty (in development)
• Top surgery including breast augmentation and chest reconstruction
Facial feminization surgery or FFS
• Hormone replacement therapy or HRT
• Tracheal shave

Gender confirmation patient Camille Hansen explained her decision to come to Denver Health for the surgery: “For me, I wanted to go deeper with it, not just be a girl when I have women’s clothing on.”

When Hansen woke up from her surgery, one of the first things she said was, “I feel like I’m in the right body.”

Denver Health is the only hospital in Colorado that offers a continuum of health care before, during and after transgender surgeries. Care for the transgender community includes primary care (doctor’s visits), behavioral health (psychologists/psychiatrists) and follow-up health care plans.

“Denver Health is special for the LGBTQ community because we offer care throughout your lifetime,” Dr. Hyer said. “It’s a pretty special thing that I don’t think a lot of healthcare systems have.”

Hansen added, “I feel like I can help other girls go through this and be like, seriously, it’s amazing, it’s safe, you know, if you have an inkling that you want to do this, Denver Health is the place to do it.”

Gender confirmation patient Adr’yan Brown appreciated the special attention he received before and after his surgery. “The care team here is great,” he said.

For Dr. Hyer, it’s more than just another surgery. “This surgery is important to me because it really, truly changes people’s lives.”

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Denver Unique Week Of Fashion 2019

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Denver Health brings gender surgery back to Colorado

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Dr. Jennifer Hyer at Denver Health is one of the few physicians in the U.S. who performs vaginoplasty. “We’ve really underestimated what this surgery does for people,” she said.

DENVER — Denver Health has become a pioneering hospital in gender confirmation surgery.

Only an estimated 10 to 20 physicians in the United States perform vaginoplasty, or male to female reassignment surgery. Denver Health Medical Center now has three of those doctors.

One of their first vaginoplasty patients is a Denver native who says she felt out of place in her own body since childhood.

“I kinda forced my masculinity, and it ended up just being awkward,” Camille Hansen said. “Girls would be like, ‘What are you doing?’ And guys would be like, ‘What are you doing?’ Because I was terrible at it.”

Hansen had been on a five-year wait list for vaginoplasty at a medical facility in California. On the Denver Health wait list, she was number two.

“Everyone’s looked in the mirror and seen a reflection they don’t agree with at some time in their life,” Hansen said. “But, they’re able to correct it with like a haircut or exercise or something.  But, when you’re in the wrong body it just, it builds and it builds and it builds – and it never goes away.”

Since last year, San Francisco’s Dr. Marci Bowers has been traveling to Denver to train physicians to perform gender surgeries after her earlier work in Trinidad, where she learned from Dr. Stanley Biber, a pioneer in sex reassignment surgery.  Dr. Bowers is widely recognized for developing new techniques that have significantly improved outcomes for transgender patients.

“Gender identity is being more studied nowadays – more accepted as a medical condition,” Denver Health gender surgeon Dr. Rodrigo Da Silva said. “It’s pretty much giving them the identity that they always had, but it was hidden in a body that they didn’t belong to.”

Hansen’s vaginoplasty was performed last July.

“These patients are the happiest patients in the hospital,” Denver Health gender surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hyer said.  “After having this huge surgery they have these halos of happiness around them – almost like they’re glowing.”

Dr. Hyer says for some transgender people, the genitalia they’re born with causes extreme discomfort, and this surgery is life-changing.

“It means everything,” Dr. Hyer said.  “It’s huge, and I think we’ve really underestimated what this surgery does for people.”

Six months after her surgery, Hansen says everything is better – from work to relationships to just being with herself.

“Every morning, it’s like a brand new lease on life,” she said. “It makes you want to come out of your cocoon and engage in life.”

Denver Health is currently the only hospital in Colorado that offers this surgery.

The hospital’s gender surgery team started their work last May and performed 30 vaginoplasty surgeries in 2018.  With a long and growing wait list, they expect to do more than 80 this year.

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