Every time we speak out against child transgender surgeries and interventions, advocates come back with the same tired, lazy excuse: "That never happens! It's extremely rare!"
Alas, those claims are, well, completely false:
A new study of nationwide hospital databases found that at least 1,130 adolescents between 2016 and 2019 received "gender-affirming" chest surgeries in the U.S.
The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, saw a 389% increase in adolescents (ages 12-17) obtaining chest surgeries from 2016 to 2019. An overwhelming majority (1,114) of the adolescents seeking this surgery were female (98.6%), and just 16 were male (1.4%).
"To our knowledge, this study is the largest investigation to date of gender-affirming chest reconstruction in a pediatric population," the paper's authors wrote, who are each affiliated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "The results demonstrate substantial increases in gender-affirming chest reconstruction for adolescents."
There it is.
But wait, it (probably) gets worse:
But Leor Sapir, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, believes the study significantly underestimates the number of adolescents who have received gender-related chest surgeries, as it only contains hospital-based data and not private surgery centers. The data was collected from the Nationwide Ambulatory Surgery Sample (NASS), an out-patient hospital surgery database in the United States.
"JAMA included only procedures performed in hospitals, not by plastic surgeons in private settings," said Sapir. "Because these procedures yield around $10,000 per patient, many mastectomies take place outside of hospitals in surgery centers owned by plastic surgeons themselves."