Everything you ever wanted to know about transgender, sex reassignment or gender confirmation surgery in one hour. Dr. Gary Alter is a Beverly Hills doctor who really is a leading expert in the field who has performed this life changing surgery on the famous and the not-so-famous.
In my hour long chat with Dr. Alter, I found him incredibly open as he walked me through everything from why someone would have transfer surgery, to the nuts and bolts of it all such as penis replacement (no pun intended, it just came up that way -- oh that was ever worse. Sorry) Anyway, the very serious side of what we discussed stems from the military to the religious to bullying. Whether Gay or Straight, believe it or not those are issues too.
When this writer says it was a fascinating conversation, I mean it. Whether you agree with the issues of those who feel they were born in the wrong body or not, it's worth an hour of your time to listen to what he has to say.
He didn't start out to be in this field but at some point he wanted to make a bigger impact on medicine and people's lives and eventually redid his practice and changes began to happen. In the podcast, Interesting People with Bob Brill, we discuss everything from child hood surgery, to every type of sexual surgery imaginable. And there are many.
And we didn't leave out the questions which arise due to religion. His answers may surprise you. With the military being the latest to have to deal with transgender people, and the field growing very quickly, it's an issue which is going away.
Will insurance pay for it, why go to another country to have it done and why are so many of these surgeries done in Thailand? It is a fascinating subject and a fascinating man behind the scenes, who is as conscientious about what he does, as he is skilled.
Join us for the podcast with Dr. Gary Alter. You can find out more about his at www.altermd.com.