First surgery successful in Lalita’s transformation into ‘Lalit’

On Friday, May 25, Lalita Salve, a police constable from Beed, Maharashtra, went under the knife to get reclaim her chosen identity

From Lalita to Lalit, Beed constable to undergo sex-change surgery

  • A team of eight doctors attached to Mumbai’s state-run St George Hospital, have performed the first surgery on Lalita.
  • Doctors have removed her breast and ovaries. They have also inserted a tube in her urinary bladders so that she can urinate like a man.
  • The procedure lasted for three hours. The doctors said that Lalita is physically and mentally stronger after the operation.

Lalita Salve, a 29-year-old, who had joined Maharashtra police force as a female constable, has finally inched a step closer to achieving her dream to become ‘Lalit.’ Lalita underwent the first step of the sex reassignment surgery on Friday in Mumbai.

The operation began at 9:00 a.m. in the morning and a team of eight doctors assisted Dr Rajat Kapoor, a well-known plastic surgeon for the operation, under whom Lalita was taking treatment for over a year.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Rajat Kapoor said, “Lalita had not fully developed her reproductive female organs, her breast were also underdeveloped. She has male hormones in her body. So, we have removed her breast and ovaries.”

Dr Kapoor further said, “In order to pass urine like a man we have inserted a tube in her urinary bladder. After two-three weeks she can urinate properly. Later on, we will shape her hair as well according to her wish.”

In private hospitals, this surgery costs around 1.5 to 2 lakh rupees and in a government hospital, it costs around Rs 50,000. But the hospital has decided not to charge Lalita for this surgery.

Dr Kapoor further said, “Lalita is young, within few days she can live a normal life. Our motto was to boost Lalita’s confidence. In some cases after the surgery, there is a possibility that a skin infection can be developed, blood pressure can shoot up as well. So, we have taken all the necessary precautions.”

Dr Madhukar Gaikwad, medical superintendent of St George Hospital said, “This is the first sex-change surgery in our hospital. A number of people, those who want to undergo a sex reassignment surgery have contacted us after Lalita’s procedure. Within a few days from now, Lalita can live a normal life.”

Dr Santosh Geete, an anesthetist, who assisted Dr Rajat Kapoor said, “During the operation, Lalita was absolutely fine. We had operated upon her by giving her full anesthesia.”