FTM Top Surgery – Questions & Answers

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FTM Top Surgery Cost

How much does Dr. King charge for FTM Top Surgery?
Please see the Top Surgery Costs page for details.

Does Dr. King take health insurance for Top Surgery?
Yes, Dr. King accepts health insurance, provided that FTM Top Surgery is a covered procedure under your policy. Find out more about FTM Top Surgery Insurance Coverage.

Are there any payment plans available?
While Dr. King does not offer any private financing, he does accept major credit cards as well as payment plans via Care Credit.

You may also be able to obtain a grant to help cover the cost of Top Surgery. See the following websites for more information:

FTM Top Surgery Procedures

How do I choose Top Surgery procedure?
Dr. King will discuss this with you at your consultation. After discussing your goals with you, and making an assessment of your chest, Dr. King will offer his professional recommendation as to which Top Surgery procedure will best suit your goals.

Will I have to stay overnight in a hospital after Top Surgery?
Yes, Dr. King keeps his patients overnight for pain control and blood pressure control. If there are any concerns, this allows Dr. King the ability to come into the hospital and check on you.

Will I have drains after Top Surgery?
Most, but not all, patients will have drains for approximately one week after surgery. Those with very small chests may not require drains. While drains can be an inconvenience, and can sometimes cause irritation, they do help with healing. If you experience pain or irritation at the entrance point of the drains, icing can be very effective.

For more information, please see FTM Top Surgery Procedures.

FTM Top Surgery Requirements and Eligibility

Do I need a letter from a Psychologist before I can have Top Surgery?
Yes, per WPATH guidelines Dr. King requires that clients have a support letter from a qualified mental health professional.

Do I need to be on testosterone before I can get Top Surgery?
No, hormone therapy is not required to get Top Surgery.

Can I get Top Surgery even though I’m under 18 years of age?
Dr. King will work with those under 18 with parental consent and as per WPATH guidelines for working with adolescents.

For more information, please see FTM Top Surgery Requirements and Eligibility.

FTM Top Surgery Recovery

When can I leave the hospital?
The day after surgery. Please note that we cannot release you on your own; you will require a family member or friend to transport you from the hospital and stay with you for a minimum of 24 hours. You will need to stay in the Madison area for at least a week, during which time you will have a follow-up appointment with Dr. King.

Will I be in pain after surgery?
You can expect some discomfort following surgery but nothing that cannot be managed with moderate pain medication, which Dr. King will prescribe.

How much time will I need to take off school and/or work?
Students and those with more stationary “desk jobs” will need to take about 2 weeks off. Those who have had Double Incision or Inverted-T Top Surgery may want to take 3 weeks off. If you have a physical job, you should take more time off, between 4-6 weeks. It’s important not be a “hero” in recovery as doing too much can negatively affect your Top Surgery results.

How much time will I need to take off from working out or playing sports?
You will need to take a minimum of 4-6 weeks off from working out and playing sports. Body builders should wait longer, 6-8 weeks for moderate workouts, and 2-3 months for heavy chest work outs and overhead straining.

What can I do to minimize scarring?
Follow the post-operative instructions Dr. King will provide you for minimizing scars. Dr. King may also suggest that you wear a compression vest for a period of 3-6 weeks. Heed the recommendations for time off from workouts and sports, and avoid lifting your arms above your shoulders for a month or so, to avoid stretching scars. For topical treatment, silicone sheets have been proven very effective at minimizing scarring.

Have more questions? Please contact Dr. King.