Physical Therapy Considerations in Gender Affirming Genital Surgery
Section: Section on Women's Health
Session Code: WH-2A-5918
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 147B

Speaker(s):   Mary Austin, DPT
  Sandra Gallagher, PT, WCS
  Devin O'Brien-Coon

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Advanced

Pelvic health physical therapists can play an important role in preparing people for gender affirming surgery and guiding the recovery to improve the outcome of the surgery. This can include assessing pelvic muscle function, bowel, bladder, and breathing mechanisms and general mobility for the needed postop care. Once the surgery is completed monitoring healing and progressing with function are key roles for the therapist. The first speaker has been involved in preop and postop vaginoplasty care for 2 years, working closely with urology to enhance the surgical experience and outcome. The second speaker is beginning a similar program within her hospital setting.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Recognize the value that physical therapy brings to success with gender affirming surgery.

2. Apply skills needed for general pelvic health conditions for people undergoing a specific genital surgery.

CEU: 0.2

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