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Dr Suporn’s Retirement

After a long and distinguished surgical career that has brought him to the top of his profession, Dr Suporn has announced his intention to withdraw from full-time surgery at the end of 2018. He will undertake primary SRS and FFS operations on an increasingly reduced basis during 2019, and after 2019 intends to undertake no new primary SRS or FFS operations.

This announcement outlines the effect of Dr Suporn’s decision on past, present and future patients.

Suporn Team

Rather than continue as a one-surgeon Clinic, we intend to diversify and operate as a Team of surgeons offering ultimately wider options than we presently do.

It is Dr Suporn’s intention to train a new (but already qualified) surgeon or surgeons in the practice of his proprietary Non-Penile Inversion Sex Reassignment Technique, which he has now performed on over 2500 patients world-wide since 2000.  Training will commence in Quarter 3, 2017.

Clients who are already scheduled to undergo surgery with Dr Suporn in 2017 and 2018 are guaranteed that their operation will be performed  exclusively by him.

 

Surgery Availability

A limited number of new operations have now been made available on our calendar in 2017 and 2018. Those particular operations will be full SRS operations conducted mostly by Dr Suporn himself, but in which he will also provide some “hands on” surgical experience for his new colleagues. Those particular dates are identified differently from those done exclusively by Dr Suporn. Clients who opt for surgery on those dates will be offered a slightly reduced price for surgery even though initially they will be performed almost exclusively by Dr Suporn himself.  In the first few of these "Team surgeries" the Team surgeon will start by observing only, then in later operations will play a minor role, but will gradually perform more of the surgical content under Dr Suporn's guidance as he/she gains experience.

During 2018 and 2019, some operations will still be done exclusively by Dr Suporn himself (separately from those clearly identified on the calendar as “Team Surgeries”). There will be a reduced number of those in 2019; Dr Suporn will do about half as many operations in 2019 than he has done in previous years, but no surgeries personally from 2020 onwards.

During 2018 the share of the surgery done in those specified operations will be increasingly done by Dr Suporn’s colleagues, and less so by Dr Suporn himself. The intention is that by the end of 2018, Dr Suporn will be fully satisfied that he has passed on his technique to his colleagues, who will then be able to perform SRS using his technique, unaided by him, from 2019 onwards.

During 2019 it is expected that half the operations will be done by Dr Suporn alone, and half by his Team colleagues alone.

By 2020 Dr Suporn will do no surgeries himself; all will be done by Suporn Team surgeons only

Dr Suporn has currently identified 2 surgeons to work with him, but for now we have introduced only the first. Others may join later.

For those who may be concerned that the "Suporn Team" surgeons might be "beginners" are assured that this is not the case. The surgeons chosen by Dr Suporn to join the Suporn Team are already fully qualified plastic surgeons in their own right, but who have expressed a keen preference to undertake SRS using Dr Suporn’s technique. Our highest standards will prevail during this transitional period and beyond.

 

Observation by non-Team Surgeons

Additionally, but separately Dr Suporn now allows residents and recent graduates from the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training from King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital to observe sex-reassignment surgery. Since 2013, the Department of Surgery at Chonburi Hospital has become an official affiliation/ training partner with King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital. As an alumnus of this training program, Dr Suporn has been asked by the faculty staffs and especially his highly respected mentors to share his experiences with these young surgeons, as part of their training program.