What Are WPATH Standards of Care?

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Areas Near Houston & Sugar Land, TX

Apr 17, 2014

At The Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center, we not only offer transgender plastic surgery for transitioning individuals, we also work hard to make our facility a safe space. Plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Eisemann and his staff are known throughout Houston as compassionate and understanding.

As part of that commitment, Dr. Eisemann adheres to the standards of care promulgated by World Professional Association for Transgender Health. These standards are designed to protect the physical and emotional health of transgender individuals as they explore their medical options.

The standards are extensive, and contain a number of provisions. You can read the entire PDF document at the WPATH website here. What you should be aware of, however, is that the standards require a medical professional you frequently interact with (such as a physician or psychologist) to provide Dr. Eisemann with a letter of referral before you undergo any surgical procedure.

This letter should contain:

  • The results of a psychosocial assessment
  • The reasoning behind the professional's decision to recommend a surgical procedure
  • Your general identifying characteristics

If you have any questions, you should feel free to ask Dr. Eisemann what specific information he needs in the letter or talk to the medical professional you are currently seeing.

If you're a transgender, transsexual or gender non-conforming patient in Houston, Texas or if you live anywhere else in the country and you're looking for a plastic surgeon you know you can trust, please contact The Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center today for a consultation.