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Top Surgery No longer Offered by Auckland Surgeon

Auckland surgeon, Wayne Jones, says due to an increase in workload he can no longer provide trans* and gender diverse patients with chest reconstruction surgery covered under the public health system.

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27th September 2013 07:20

Alessia Valenza

Jones is the only surgeon in Auckland currently carrying out the procedure under the public health system and has been pivotal in providing the Auckland trans* and gender diverse communities access to such a vital service.

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) states that chest reconstruction surgery – also known as ‘top surgery’ – is “Not optional in any meaningful sense, but understood to be a medically necessary treatment for a diagnosed condition.”

As it is trans* and gender diverse people lack access to the vital and most basic of medical services and treatments required to maintain a level of wellbeing.

Struggling to keep up with the high level of demand, Jones says the current waiting list for top surgery is under huge pressure.

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