How much does surgery cost?

It is going to depend a lot on your insurance plan and where you decide to get surgery but let me share a bit about what my expenses were.

  • 2 Pre-Surgical Consults in San Francisco with flights for 2 people and 5 nights in a hotel – $1,000
  • Comfortable ground floor lodging for 1 month in San Francisco for the pre-op appointment and 3 weeks of recovery on AirBnb – $3,300
  • Lodging and gas to drive to San Francisco from Seattle and back – $400
  • Takeout food during recovery (we splurged a bit on comfort food) – $1,200
  • Medical supplies and copays – $200
  • Flight back to San Francisco for a 3 month recheck – $200

Total = $6,500

I am very lucky that I didn’t have any large deductibles and copays since I met my out of pocket max both years. This was obviously a much more comfortable recovery than most people can afford and I am extremely grateful to my friends who donated almost $4,000 to help make this happen. I also didn’t have to bear all the expenses myself since my spouse paid for a lot of the food.

The costs of being trans

Being trans is so damn expensive! Who in their right mind seriously thinks we do this just for kicks?

I just budgeted my out of pocket costs for bottom surgery and I’m looking at between $6,200 to $8,800 since there are no surgeons near Seattle and I have to travel to San Francisco to do it. I also just spent $400 on my name and gender change documents. And I’ve already spent $3,000 on hair removal with at least another $600 to go.

If you would like to help contribute, please donate to my transition fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/haven-gender-confirmation-treatments