Transgender Surgery Specialist

Rebirth Health Center

Gender Center & OBGYN Clinic located in Salt Lake City, UT

About 10% of the transgender community seeks transgender surgery. Rixt Luikenaar, MD, FACOG, at Rebirth OB/GYN in Salt Lake City specializes in transgender health and provides pre- and post-surgical care for those individuals seeking transgender surgery. For a consultation to discuss your surgical and medical options, call the office today or request an appointment online.

Transgender Surgery Q & A

What is transgender surgery?

Transgender surgery refers to the affirming surgery, also known as reassignment surgery, for those transitioning to their gender identity. The surgery may involve a male transition to female or female transition to male. Dr. Luikenaar specializes in transgender health and can manage your pre- and post-surgical needs.


Sometimes referred to as “bottom surgery” the male-to-female transition may require various procedures, including removal of the testicles (referred to as orchiectomy) and vulvoplasty or vaginoplasty to serve as your new genitalia. You may also seek breast implants to improve your body shape to match your gender identity.


When transitioning from female to male, you may start with a mastectomy, and then transition to “bottom surgery,” which may include hysterectomy and removal of your ovaries and vagina. Then, you undergo metoidioplasty or phalloplasty for creation of the penis to complete your transition.

These surgeries may be performed in the United States. However, Dr. Luikenaar takes care of many patients who have their surgeries performed abroad.


What can I expect during pre-surgical care?

Dr. Luikenaar is a compassionate and comprehensive physician. You may be coming to the office for a presurgical checkup, but she spends the time necessary getting to know you and your specific health needs. During your evaluation, she reviews your medical and surgical history and conducts a thorough examination to assess your overall health.

She then provides recommendations geared toward improving your health and preventing chronic disease. To assist in your transition, she also prescribes hormone therapy to match your gender identity.


What can I expect during post-surgical care?

Dr. Luikenaar is dedicated to providing exceptional care to her transgender patients. Not only can she monitor your postsurgical care needs, but she can also continue to provide your hormone therapy and monitor your general health, serving as your primary care physician.

Understanding the stigma and lack of knowledge surrounding transgender health and wellness, she also provides social and mental health support.

More and more transgender individuals are seeking transgender surgery. For expert medical care before and after your transgender surgery, contact Rebirth OB/GYN today by phone or online.