Omission of Pelvic Examination Before Gender-Affirming Hysterectomy and Vaginectomy : Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Omission of Pelvic Examination Before Gender-Affirming Hysterectomy and Vaginectomy

Murphy, Ellen C. MD; Kim, Youngwu MD; Weinstein, Milena M. MD

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Obstetrics & Gynecology 141(6):p 1160-1162, June 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000005189

Surgeons may be performing pelvic examinations on transgender patients before gender-affirming pelvic surgery (hysterectomy and vaginectomy) without a clinically significant indication. A retrospective cohort study was conducted at a single-institution academic referral center comparing 30-day perioperative outcomes of all 62 gender-affirming pelvic surgeries, including hysterectomy alone, hysterectomy with vaginectomy, and vaginectomy alone, between April 2018 and March 2022. More than half (53.2%, n=33) of the 62 patients did not have an in-office, preoperative, internal pelvic examination within 1 year of gender-affirming surgery. There were no significant differences in patient characteristics nor 30-day perioperative outcomes between the examined and examination-omitted groups, suggesting that omission of a preoperative pelvic examination is probably safe before gender-affirming hysterectomy and vaginectomy, minimizing barriers to gender-affirming surgical care.

© 2023 by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.

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