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Much is made about post-surgical regret, but as far as I can tell this happens only for one of the following reasons:

  • The patient is coerced into surgery as a condition for receiving other services or supplies necessary for transitioning (e.g. hormones)
  • The patient has mistaken ideas about the benefits or risks of surgery, and is allowed to proceed without first being fully informed (this is why the "informed" part of informed consent is crucial)
  • The surgery goes badly (seems to be very rare),
  • The surgery results in reduced genital sensation, which sometimes leads to regret.


  • A WARNING FOR THOSE CONSIDERING MtF SRS by Lynn Conway: transitioning for the wrong reasons: discusses Renée Richards, Dani Bunten Berry, Sandra MacDougall, Samantha Kane
  • 2010-06-06 Sex Reassignment Surgery: When Things Go Wrong -- article by a transwoman whose surgery, though genuinely wanted and for the right reasons, had gone poorly (her lower intestine was nicked by a surgical retractor) and she was stuck wearing a colostomy bag, and without a properly-shaped neovagina. I haven't been able to find any information about whether she was ultimately able to get this fixed. --Woozle (talk) 15:37, 5 September 2016 (EDT)


  • Issuepedia: there are frequent attempts to misrepresent SRS as harmful or useless