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Vanderbilt University temporarily pauses gender change operation for minors

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center is suspending all permanent "gender affirmation surgery" for minors until further notice.

The international medical center will forgo performing any transgender surgeries for children that cannot be undone or reverted later in life, pending an internal review. "On September 6, 2022, WPATH published a new version of its recommendations to health care professionals for treatment of transgender persons, known as SOC-8," the university wrote in a letter to lawmakers.

The letter continued, "In light of these new recommendations, and as part of completing our internal clinical review of SOC-8 guidance in patients under 18, we will be seeking advice from local and national clinical experts.

We are pausing gender affirmation surgeries on patients under age 18 while we complete this review, which may take several months." A lab technician works alongside culture media plates at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., on Friday, Aug.

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