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I’m looking for examples for something I’m writing. Trans people are diagnosed as trans based on not much more than their say-so. There are no lab tests, MRIs, CT or X-rays to diagnose it. I don’t think there’s any other medical field in which they cut off your testicles, uterus or any other organ because of the patient’s decision alone.

You can rule out cosmetic surgeries as an example, because trans surgeries aren’t just cosmetics - a double mastectomy isn’t just a breast reduction, for example.

My understanding is that psychiatric surgeries have gone mostly out of style, and while might be performed in some countries still, they’re a very rare edge case.

Thanks.

I’m looking for examples for something I’m writing. Trans people are diagnosed as trans based on not much more than their say-so. There are no lab tests, MRIs, CT or X-rays to diagnose it. I don’t think there’s any other medical field in which they cut off your testicles, uterus or any other organ because of the patient’s decision alone. You can rule out cosmetic surgeries as an example, because trans surgeries aren’t just cosmetics - a double mastectomy isn’t just a breast reduction, for example. My understanding is that psychiatric surgeries have gone mostly out of style, and while might be performed in some countries still, they’re a very rare edge case. Thanks.

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Sometimes they insert feeding ports for anorexia. Edit : typically not self diagnosed but is similar to trans imo.

I had to beg to have surgery in order to obtain a biopsy to prove my cramps were more than cramps, I was gaslit for 15 years that it was all in my head. Naw, it was stage 4 endometriosis by the time they took a look and biopsies were taken. Still not the same thing though.

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A feeding port isn't a treatment for anorexia, though; a feeding port is employed as a last resort to counteract one of the dangerous results of anorexia that's advanced - malnutrition that puts a patient's physical health and very life at risk. Putting in a feeding port is an emergency measure to save a anorectic's physical health and life, but in no way does a feeding port and tube treat the underlying problem of anorexia, a problem that is psychiatric. On the contrary, this type of intervention will most likely make the mental health aspects of anorexia worse and cause affected patients to be more resistant to treatments for the underlying, core illness of anorexia.

Portraying a feeding port as a treatment for anorexia is akin to saying that stitching up and bandaging someone's slit wrists,. or pumping their stomachs, after suicide attempts are treatments for major depressive disorder with suicidal ideation/urges. Apples and oranges.

Similarly, a biopsy is an investigational intervention done for the purpose of diagnosing or ruling out disease or a health condition. A biopsy is not a treatment. Though if biopsy ultimately results in a finding of disease or a health condition, biopsies can and often do lead to treatments being recommended and employed.

I am sorry you got the sort of medical run-around that so many girls and women get for our longstanding, very real health problems. I hope you've been able to obtain treatment for your endometriosis that has led to some relief.