Elijah Stephens recently had the first female genital surgery in New Jersey. The doctors removed skin and tissue from his forearm to make a penis. ( Engin Akyurt | Pixabay )
There has been an increase in sex-changing practices in recent years, including the recent case of a transgender man in New Jersey.
Who is Elijah Stephens? [1
9659004] As he grew up, Elijah Stephens knew he was different. At the age of 6, he began to accept that he was actually a boy.
Although he never knew transgender as a child, Stephens did his research and wanted to make a transition. The first step in his transition was hormone therapy. It was not an easy process for Stephens, who lived through years of depression and considered suicide. Even today he should have employees who ridicule him and spread gossip about his transition.
"I love who I am," he told NJ.com. "Because I did not like who I was and to see how far I've come, that's what keeps me down."
Genital Conversion Surgery in Women
To help with her transition, Stephens endured numerous surgeries. He had a "top surgery" in 2016 to make his chest look more masculine. Stephens then had a "floor operation" to remove the vaginal canal. In February 2018, the 28-year-old eventually opted for a phalpoplasty in a sex-to-mend operation. It was the first operation of its kind in the history of New Jersey.
The 14-hour operation took place at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston and was conducted by a 15-member surgeon team. Jonathan Keith. Although Keith studied a sex reassignment surgery in Belgium, he has never performed it before. It took him three years to plan every aspect of the operation.
Keith removed skin and tissue from Stephens left forearm to create the penis. Tissue from his thigh was implanted in the forearm to replace the other tissue. The forearm tissue was used to extend the urethra to carry urine through the penis. Nerves were transplanted into the penis and labial tissue was transformed into a scrotum. Keith also used arteries from his forearm to circulate the blood.
The Aftermath of the Operation
The operation was a success. In the months since the procedure Stephens could urinate while standing and he could reach an orgasm. Stephens said walking with his penis was a bit awkward in the beginning, but he's gotten used to it now.
"It's hard to put into words," Stephens told NorthJersey.com. "I feel holistic, happy and happy."
His next operation will be to add implants to help him get an erection.
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