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Anyone familiar with Dr. Nicholas Kim in Minneapolis, MN?
« on: March 10, 2018, 06:23:34 pm »
Hi Everyone!!

First post here so go easy on me :P
I am currently about 6 months in on my HRT (23y/o MtF) and my last appointment with my doctor had some interesting news! My doctor told me that as soon as July this year, which i'll be at 10 months HRT, i could start looking for a surgeon for my bottom surgery. He recommended me to Dr. Nicholas Kim at the U of MN. I tried doing some google searching to find any reviews or results from him and i couldn't find anything. When i was in my doctor's office i asked him if he was confident in Dr. Kim's work because i wasn't familiar with the name and he told me he wouldn't send me to anyone that he had any doubt in. So, i was wondering if anyone here has any experience with Dr. Kim? It would be really nice for me to have a surgeon so close to home, but this also isn't something i want to skimp on. You only get one shot at it so to speak. If any Minnesota friends want to let me know what they did too, that would be so helpful! Any help would be so nice!

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Re: Anyone familiar with Dr. Nicholas Kim in Minneapolis, MN?
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2018, 11:54:47 pm »
Hello Umblah, welome to Susan's!

Yeah I'll go easy on ya.  ;)  And first, congratulations on a half year with your HRT prescription!  Time flies when you're having fun - my HRT experience has been awesome.  I am MtF from the Seattle area.

I have not heard of Dr. Nicholas Kim from Minnesota. 

For GCS, it's quite possible a surgeon may have their own requirements but I don't think there is a standard waiting period for HRT.  WPATH requirements (followed by US insurance companies) require one year Real Life Experience (living in gender role) before GCS.  I had my in-person surgical evaluation 3 months after starting HRT, with GCS surgery 6 months after starting HRT.  The surgeon was mainly interested in checking overall health and genital hair removal.  Hair has a random growth pattern and may require 6 - 12 months of electrolysis in the surgical site area (or laser, although I consider laser less permanent for many people).  Some surgeons do not require hair removal and scrape hair follicles by spending additional time during surgery.  I wanted to minimize the risk of hair growing back and do everything possible to reduce time under anesthesia, so I went the electrolysis route.  Depending on which surgeon you use, hair removal may require time and planning. 

The other timing issue depends on which surgeon you choose.  The best-known GCS surgeons in the US currently have a waiting list typically two to three years.  There are exceptions - I went to a surgeon who had worked along side one of the top names for a couple years.  I was able to get in fairly fast but her waiting list has already grown since then. 

Having just had this surgery less than two months ago (mine went great, no complications) I completely agree with your statement this isn't something to skimp on, you only have one shot at it. 

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Umblah, when you get a chance it would be great if you can introduce yourself in the Introductions Forum.

I'm glad to see you here, and best wishes on your GCS decision. 

Kendra

Assigned male at birth 1963.  Decided I wanted to be a girl in 1971.  Laser 2014-16, electrolysis 2015-17, HRT 7/2017, GCS 1/2018, VFS 3/2018, FFS 5/2018, Labiaplasty & BA 7/2018. 

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Re: Anyone familiar with Dr. Nicholas Kim in Minneapolis, MN?
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2018, 03:28:30 pm »
Hi Umblah,

I know this is different scenarios, but I just had my top surgery consult with Dr. Kim this week. He's a super friendly guy who has a sense of humor, making the whole experience really welcoming. Meeting him and his staff had been nothing but positive and kind. I have a handful of friends who have gotten their top surgery from him and found it a really good place to go. I just wanted to let you know of my experience.

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Re: Anyone familiar with Dr. Nicholas Kim in Minneapolis, MN?
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2018, 02:52:20 pm »
Hi Umblah,

I am also interested in using Dr. Kim for bottom surgery. Did you go with him? Have you had a consultation?  I'd love to know how it went.

Sara

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Re: Anyone familiar with Dr. Nicholas Kim in Minneapolis, MN?
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2019, 11:09:43 am »
I had my bottom surgery with Dr. Kim January 10th, 2019. My care has been top notch and I can highly recommend him! I am happy to answer any questions you might have too.

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Re: Anyone familiar with Dr. Nicholas Kim in Minneapolis, MN?
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2019, 10:15:28 pm »
I found this site looking for just this answer.

It was only late last year or earlier this year that I'd even found out that GCS/SRS/GRS was available in-state now.  When I used to go to the UofM's gender center, they made it clear that they did NOT provide surgeries, but this was many moons ago.

Does one need to go through their therapy program, or can I see my own psych and still get surgery at the U?

Long, long ago I was scheduled with Dr. Suporn in Thailand, but I had moral issues with how that surgery would be paid for so dropped my appointment.  I'd since given up on the very prospect of surgery until my mom dropped a bomb on me and suggested that there may be a way, after all.

I guess I should start my own thread to ask this, other than Doctor Kim, who would people recommend?

And I'm afraid to ask this, but what are the average costs to have MtF bottom surgery done now (esp. Dr. Kim)?
2003-2004 -- Gradual transition -- I didn't correct pronouns and people basically settled on the right ones on their own.
late 2004 -- Orchiectomy.
Late 2015 -- Stupidly saw the political climate and spurned on by my husband's request for a divorce I detransitioned.
2019 -- Rebuilding my wardrobe so I can retransition.  Turns out I cain't bury my true self, after all.  I call these last few years my failed experiment.  At least I found my true feelings were real.

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Re: Anyone familiar with Dr. Nicholas Kim in Minneapolis, MN?
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2019, 08:21:44 am »
You can have your own therapist to write your letter. You will need 2, so hopefully you can get yours to recommend another therapist to write the second.

As for the cost, Minnesota requires all in state business to have the surgery covered by their insurance, so the cost will depend on what your policy says. As of right now, it is looking like mine will cost me less than $1100!



I found this site looking for just this answer.

It was only late last year or earlier this year that I'd even found out that GCS/SRS/GRS was available in-state now.  When I used to go to the UofM's gender center, they made it clear that they did NOT provide surgeries, but this was many moons ago.

Does one need to go through their therapy program, or can I see my own psych and still get surgery at the U?

Long, long ago I was scheduled with Dr. Suporn in Thailand, but I had moral issues with how that surgery would be paid for so dropped my appointment.  I'd since given up on the very prospect of surgery until my mom dropped a bomb on me and suggested that there may be a way, after all.

I guess I should start my own thread to ask this, other than Doctor Kim, who would people recommend?

And I'm afraid to ask this, but what are the average costs to have MtF bottom surgery done now (esp. Dr. Kim)?

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Re: Anyone familiar with Dr. Nicholas Kim in Minneapolis, MN?
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2019, 08:33:25 am »
Thank you!

I did receive your PM, but I cannot reply to it yet.  Just thought I'd let you know. :)
2003-2004 -- Gradual transition -- I didn't correct pronouns and people basically settled on the right ones on their own.
late 2004 -- Orchiectomy.
Late 2015 -- Stupidly saw the political climate and spurned on by my husband's request for a divorce I detransitioned.
2019 -- Rebuilding my wardrobe so I can retransition.  Turns out I cain't bury my true self, after all.  I call these last few years my failed experiment.  At least I found my true feelings were real.

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Re: Anyone familiar with Dr. Nicholas Kim in Minneapolis, MN?
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2019, 01:33:05 pm »
Now it looks like I will be ending up with Dr. Kim as a bottom surgery patient, he seems to be one of the few surgeons accepting my health insurance plan.  And that would bring me back into the same hospital I started out with my surgical training at.  I almost have the feeling the circle is closing now, Minnesota (the Cities) will have me back for a while!  I worked there for 36 years, and I turned my back to the Cities, and now they seem to be welcoming me back!
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Re: Anyone familiar with Dr. Nicholas Kim in Minneapolis, MN?
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2019, 01:37:01 pm »
Welcome back when you get here! :D
2003-2004 -- Gradual transition -- I didn't correct pronouns and people basically settled on the right ones on their own.
late 2004 -- Orchiectomy.
Late 2015 -- Stupidly saw the political climate and spurned on by my husband's request for a divorce I detransitioned.
2019 -- Rebuilding my wardrobe so I can retransition.  Turns out I cain't bury my true self, after all.  I call these last few years my failed experiment.  At least I found my true feelings were real.

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Re: Anyone familiar with Dr. Nicholas Kim in Minneapolis, MN?
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2019, 02:05:48 pm »
Welcome back when you get here! :D
Well, actually, I am back every summer, when it is to hot down here.  My son lives in Hastings, and i bother him and his spouse with my presence  >:-)
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Re: Anyone familiar with Dr. Nicholas Kim in Minneapolis, MN?
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2019, 02:47:07 pm »
Good your son is the area.  How long is the wait time with Dr. Kim, does he do the type of srs you want?

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Re: Anyone familiar with Dr. Nicholas Kim in Minneapolis, MN?
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2019, 03:23:06 pm »
Well, actually, I am back every summer, when it is to hot down here.  My son lives in Hastings, and i bother him and his spouse with my presence  >:-)

:)

I'm right up 61.  Hastings is a nice little town.  Looked at houses there when we bought ours.

It's good you'll have a place to stay (I'm assuming he's offered, right?)!
2003-2004 -- Gradual transition -- I didn't correct pronouns and people basically settled on the right ones on their own.
late 2004 -- Orchiectomy.
Late 2015 -- Stupidly saw the political climate and spurned on by my husband's request for a divorce I detransitioned.
2019 -- Rebuilding my wardrobe so I can retransition.  Turns out I cain't bury my true self, after all.  I call these last few years my failed experiment.  At least I found my true feelings were real.

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« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2019, 04:28:32 pm »
:)

I'm right up 61.  Hastings is a nice little town.  Looked at houses there when we bought ours.

It's good you'll have a place to stay (I'm assuming he's offered, right?)!
He does not know yet!  I have a little difficulties with his spouse, and wonder if I better stay in my Class A motorhome!
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Re: Anyone familiar with Dr. Nicholas Kim in Minneapolis, MN?
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2019, 04:29:18 pm »
Good your son is the area.  How long is the wait time with Dr. Kim, does he do the type of srs you want?
i just wrote an email to them to make sure they confirm that they accept my insurance!
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Re: Anyone familiar with Dr. Nicholas Kim in Minneapolis, MN?
« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2019, 06:36:05 pm »
Hi Umblah,

I know this is different scenarios, but I just had my top surgery consult with Dr. Kim this week. He's a super friendly guy who has a sense of humor, making the whole experience really welcoming. Meeting him and his staff had been nothing but positive and kind. I have a handful of friends who have gotten their top surgery from him and found it a really good place to go. I just wanted to let you know of my experience.

-Daym

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« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2019, 06:40:15 pm »
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Re: Anyone familiar with Dr. Nicholas Kim in Minneapolis, MN?
« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2019, 10:22:57 pm »
I had my bottom surgery with Dr. Kim January 10th, 2019. My care has been top notch and I can highly recommend him! I am happy to answer any questions you might have too.

I live in the Minneapolis area and am considering Dr. Nicholas Kim for bottom surgery. I was looking into the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, but reading reviews, I've heard they fall a little short on aesthetics. How was your overall experience with Dr. Kim and his team? How did the procedure go and were you satisfied with the functionality and aesthetics of it? Appearance, depth, ability to orgasm, need for any revisions, etc?

You can have your own therapist to write your letter. You will need 2, so hopefully you can get yours to recommend another therapist to write the second.

As for the cost, Minnesota requires all in state business to have the surgery covered by their insurance, so the cost will depend on what your policy says. As of right now, it is looking like mine will cost me less than $1100!

If I may ask, did you go through Minnesota Blue Cross Blue Shield? That is what I have!

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Re: Anyone familiar with Dr. Nicholas Kim in Minneapolis, MN?
« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2019, 10:42:24 am »
I just found out that Dr. Kim and the UoM is accepting Humana Medicare advantage.  And so does the Mayo Clinic.

I am in contact with both institutions and will be able to provide more details later
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Re: Anyone familiar with Dr. Nicholas Kim in Minneapolis, MN?
« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2019, 04:20:18 pm »
Well, actually, I am back every summer, when it is to hot down here.  My son lives in Hastings, and i bother him and his spouse with my presence  >:-)

I was just in Hastings with my sweetie to visit his family (we live in Oregon.)  I really loved it, but I don’t think I could handle the winters. It was a beautiful town though.

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