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Children’s hospitals nationwide will soon have to decide whether to continue to follow the lead of a major transgender health association that should lower the recommended age for chest and genital surgery for children under 18.
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) has not yet released its long-awaited Standards of Care version 8, which will lower its age recommendations for breast removal to 15 and genital surgery, including breast removal. uterus and testicles, aged 17 – a year before his previous guide, the Associated Press reported in June, citing an unedited draft of the new guide.
WPATH’s previous guide, Standards of Care version 7, published in 2011, specified that genital surgery should not be performed until patients have reached the “legal age of majority in a particular country” and until “patients they have lived continuously for at least 12 months in the gender role that is congruent with their gender identity “. He also stated that chest surgeries for women who switch to male could be performed on individuals under the age of 18.
WPATH chairman Dr. Walter Pierre Bouman released a statement in late July stating that the new version 8 guide would likely be posted online before the organization’s annual conference in Montreal on September 16, but that they were in a “rush.” very tight against time “to meet the deadline.
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As September 16 approaches, pediatric hospitals across the country currently following WPATH’s lead will soon have to decide whether to update their policies to reflect WPATH’s recommendations on reduced age.
Seattle Children’s Hospital of Washington states on its website that people must be 18 for “gender-affirming genital procedures” but that “the typical age is in the teens or older” for “other” surgeries. .
“As we tailor surgical treatment to the individual to assert gender, patients treated at Seattle Children’s must first meet a set of specific criteria as outlined in the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care,” a spokesperson said. Seattle Children’s in a statement to Fox News Digital. “Before proceeding with the surgery we will consider your age, stage of puberty, desired future treatments, support systems and any present or past health problems. With this in mind, the average age for surgery chest of gender statement at Seattle Children’s is 18 years old. “
“Importantly, all gender-affirming surgical patients in our hospital will have already undergone years of multidisciplinary care with specialists and will have been encouraged to spend at least one year in their identified gender, if they can do so safely and comfortably, before undergo surgery, “the statement added.
Seattle Children’s did not answer questions from Fox News Digital asking what is the minimum age for gender-affirming hospital upper and lower surgeries and how many surgeries the hospital has performed on individuals at that minimum age.
Asked whether Seattle Children’s will follow WPATH’s new guidance, a spokesperson said, “The gender affirmation care we provide is rooted in science and based on international standards of care set by leading medical and scientific bodies, including World Professional. Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), American Medical Association (AMA), Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) and American Psychiatric Association (APA). “
Stanford Medicine Children’s Health of California states on its website that it offers “reconstructive thoracic surgery to teens and young adults by board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons with advanced training and exceptional approaches to best surgery.”
“We currently follow guidelines set by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) for transgender and expansive gender children and adolescents, which include the recommendation to establish stable mental health support,” the website states.
Stanford Children’s did not answer Fox News Digital’s question as to whether it will follow WPATH’s new guide.
The University of Florida Youth Gender Program recently told the Tampa Bay Times that it does not perform mastectomies on children under the age of 16.
“Our services are consistent with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) standards of care and focus on the biological, psychological and social (biopsychosocial) components of trans health,” states the program website.
Asked if the program will follow WPATH’s new guidance, UF Professor Dr Brittany Bruggeman told Fox News Digital: “The UF Youth Gender Program will continue to critically reassess as they are introduced. further evidence on best practices for gender affirmation assistance. “
Boston Children’s Hospital suffered a backlash last month for performing mastectomies on teenagers as young as 15, as well as a now-deleted wording on the hospital’s website that claimed teenagers as young as 17 could undergo vaginoplasty. The hospital has since made it clear that it only performs gender-affirming genital surgeries on individuals aged 18 and over and has issued a statement denouncing the spread of “misinformation” on social media suggesting otherwise.
The Boston Children’s website currently states that it follows WPATH guidelines “to surgically treat people who are stable in their gender identity and have documentation of persistent gender dysphoria.” A spokesperson said Tuesday that it will maintain its current policy despite WPATH’s updated guidelines.
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“We will continue to follow our BCH policy and provide gender-affirming genital surgeries only to people aged 18 and over,” the spokesperson said. “The hospital considers several factors when defining its policies, including guidelines and standards from national associations such as WPATH, as well as the requirements of Massachusetts law.”
WPATH representatives did not respond to Fox News Digital’s multiple requests for comment.