*Updated July 31 2019*
Preparations are well underway to open the Gender Surgery Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) by the end of September 2019.
An information session for potential clients, those waiting for access and care providers will be held and webcasted in September 2019 prior to the clinic opening. Clients, their loved ones and care providers will have the opportunity to meet the surgeons and ask questions during the session. Check back to this page for updates about details on the information session.
Who are the surgeons?
- The two surgeons associated with the new program are Drs. Genoway (plastic and reconstructive surgery) and Kavanagh (reconstructive urology).
Where will the lower surgeries take place?
- All lower surgeries will take place at VGH while upper surgeries will continue at UBC Hospital and other VCH sites, including Lions Gate Hospital.
Which surgeries will be available in the new lower surgical program?
- The surgical program will cover gender-affirming genital procedures including: vaginoplasty, vulvoplasty, metoidioplasty, ALT phalloplasty, RFF phalloplasty and clitoral release.
- More information on each procedure is available under Feminizing surgeries and Masculinizing surgeries
How do I get approved for surgery with the new surgical program?
- Two surgical readiness assessments by a qualified assessor will be required and attached with a referral to the new surgical program from your primary care provider.
- If you have any other questions or concerns, or need help navigating care feel free to contact us.
How do I get referred to the Vancouver Gender Surgery Clinic?
- Referrals will need to be sent to the new clinic once it is open. No referrals can be accepted yet.
- In the coming weeks we will be working with our partners at the Ministry of Health and Vancouver Coastal Health to finalize the referral process and surgery pathways.
- Check back to this page for updates about referral process.
Will the program be taking patients from outside of BC?
- As BC patients are the priority, the Vancouver surgical program will not be taking patients from outside BC at this time.
Can B.C. patients still travel to Montreal for lower surgery?
- Yes. The Montreal surgical centre will remain an option for BC patients and is covered by MSP.
Is the option to receive lower surgery in the United States still available?
- Patients who are already approved by MSP for out-of-country surgery will be able to continue, if they choose, as long as the MSP funding approval remains valid and is supported by local specialists. Recommendation from a BC specialist is required by MSP to provide advice on out-of-country care.
- If you already have care in progress out-of-country, please contact a Trans Care BC team member to discuss your individual situation.
- For B.C. patients unable to have surgery in Canada for medical reasons, the option to be considered for surgery out-of-country remains available through the MSP out-of-country surgery process. This is a standard MSP application process for any type of medical care. Read more about MSP guidelines.
- Read more about out-of-country and out-of-province care under Surgery Funding.