This week: gender reassignment complications, college weight gain and chronic kidney disease

Jan 22, 2016

Complications may develop after a person undergoes gender reassignment surgery, and a Syracuse urologist has developed expertise in providing surgical repair and ongoing urologic care to these patients.

Dr. Dmitriy Nikolavsky, director of reconstructive urology at Upstate University Hospital, says a variety of complications may develop after an operation to alter the genitalia. He is one of few urologists specializing in repair work after gender reassignment surgery.

"Even if they do not have complications, they still need to have continuing urologic care," Nikolavsky says.

Then, a parent's experience with gender reassignment. The authors of "Allies and Angels, a Memoir of Our Family's Transition" join us to talk about their child's journey.

Also on this week's show: treatment and options for someone with chronic kidney disease, and the factors that influence weight gain for college students.