Orthopaedic Care of the Transgender Patient

Duncan C. Ramsey, Michelle M. Lawson, Ariana Stuart, Emelia Sodders, Zachary M. Working

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A transgender person is defined as one whose gender identity is incongruent with their biological sex assigned at birth. This highly marginalized population numbers over 1.4 million individuals in the U.S.; this prevalence skews more heavily toward younger generations and is expected to increase considerably in the future.Gender-affirming hormone therapy (GAHT) has physiologic effects on numerous aspects of the patient's health that are pertinent to the orthopaedic surgeon, including bone health, fracture risk, and perioperative risks such as venous thromboembolism and infection.Language and accurate pronoun usage toward transgender patients can have a profound effect on a patient's experience and on both objective and subjective outcomes.Gaps in research concerning orthopaedic care of the transgender patient are substantial. Specific areas for further study include the effects of GAHT on fracture risk and healing, outcome disparities and care access across multiple subspecialties, and establishment of perioperative management guidelines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-281
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 3 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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