by Heather Hamilton, Social Media Reporter Oct 25, 2022
October 25, 2022 02:04 PM
In the study , published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, reported that the number of chest reconstructions performed on patients younger than 17 years old across the United States rose from 100 in 2016 to 489 in 2019 — an increase of 389%.
The researchers noted that reconstructive genital surgery is typically not performed on adolescents, but “masculinizing chest reconstruction (eg, mastectomy) and feminizing chest reconstruction (eg, augmentation mammaplasty) may be performed in outpatient and ambulatory surgery settings.”
The average reported age of patients receiving the reconstructive surgeries was 17, while 5.5% were younger than 14.
Earlier this month, Vanderbilt University’s medical center announced it would suspend sex-change surgeries on minors following backlash.
The study reported psychiatric conditions, including anxiety and depression, as the most common comorbidities among minors on whom the procedures are performed.