Why Gender Reassignment Surgery Isn't a Cure-all for Many Trans People

Some patients who went through gender reassignment surgery reported feeling just as out of place. A few were even suicidal. 

A scene from TV show Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambour.

Imagine coming to the realization that you are in the wrong body. Inside you feel a certain way, but your appearance reflects something different. How do you cope with this dichotomy? Can you? If you’re transgendered, one approach is sexual reassignment surgery. Correct the outside appearance, and the symmetry should allay any conflict. However, a new meta-analysis conducted by UK researchers finds that some patients are just as distressed after the operation as before. Researchers reviewed 100 studies of post-operative transsexuals from around the globe to draw their conclusions.

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