I bookmarked Dr. Marci Bowers‘ website about a year ago. This fall, I started researching surgeons and came across her name again. Later that same week, the psychologist that I see in Vancouver told me about a presentation given by Dr. Bowers that she’d recently seen (and was very impressed by) that introduced the new metoidioplasty procedure Dr. Bowers is offering: Ring Metoidioplasty.
Ring Metoidioplasty, or Ring Flap Metoidioplasty, is a technique that was first developed in Japan by Dr. Ako Takamatsu, a plastic surgeon. This procedure uses a flap of skin from the vagina along with the labia minora to create the urethral extension, instead of tissue from the mouth (buccal mucosa.) Additionally, the clitoral chordee is released. The result is a lengthened phallus with added girth, and the ability to pee standing.
I exchanged quite a large number of emails with the Practice Manager/Coordinator at Dr. Bowers’ office, Robin Lassiter. She was extremely friendly, helpful and prompt with her replies. (I sent her some chocolate in thanks.)
Questions and Answers
What metoidioplasty procedure do you offer for trans men?
- Ring metoidioplasty (Stage 1) and scrotoplasty (Stage 2).
- Ring metoidioplasty includes urethral extension.
- Scrotoplasty does not include fusing of the labia to create a single scrotal sac.
What is your current pricing (2008) for this procedure?
- Stage 1: $10,200 USD (metoidioplasty with urethral extension)
- Stage 2: $3,800 USD (scrotoplasty)
This includes all anesthesiologist and facility fees. Note: 2009 pricing for Stage 1 is $13,500 USD.
Is an in-person consultation required prior to booking surgery?
No. Dr. Bowers will have a consultation with you the day before surgery.
What kind of waiting list do you have?
1 year advance booking.
Do you perform this in one or two surgeries?
Two. Stage 2 is performed a minimum of 6 months after Stage 1 is completed.
Where do you perform these procedures?
Mount San Rafael Hospital, Trinidad, Colorado, USA.
Do you require patients to stop taking testosterone prior to surgery?
(I forgot to ask this question.)
How long is the hospital stay?
2-4 days in hospital, then stay in Trinidad for one week.
What tissue is used for the urethral extension?
How long is the suprapubic catheter left in?
This depends on the patient’s healing progress, but typically it is removed within a week.
What are the common complications with these procedures?
- Stage 1: Fistula, strictures.
- Stage 2: Extrusion, “very rare.”
How many times have you performed metoidioplasty with urethral extension?
35+ simple metas (no urethral extension), 1 ring meta (with urethral extension) with no complications.
Learn more about Dr. Bowers:
Pioneers of Sex Change Surgery
Sex Change Part 2
(GRAPHIC: Dr. Bowers performing vaginectomy and scrotoplasty)
Please note: This information is provided for information purposes only and in no way should it serve as a replacement for your own research and consultations. My intent is not to find a “winner”, but to figure out which surgeon I am best suited to. We each have unique requirements and criteria, so please don’t go on my word. At the same time, there are plenty of questions that surgeons have to answer over and over, so hopefully this series will cut down on some of that repetition.
- Part 1: Surgeons I am not considering
- Part 2: Dr. Marci Bowers
- Part 3: Dr. Christine McGinn
- Part 4: Dr. Miroslav Djordjevic
- Part 5: Dr. Toby Meltzer
Also see: Metoidioplasty Surgery Guide