What does it mean?

Post-op is short for “post-operative”, meaning someone who has undergone a medical operation.

The typical implication is that this refers to someone who has had bottom surgery (surgery to alter the genitals).

Post-op is normally considered to be the opposite of pre-op. People who do not plan to have such surgery are sometimes described as non-op.

Change focused

"Post-op" is a word that describes people by changes they have made or plan to make.

Words like this can:

  • make it more visible that those changes are possible
  • make it more visible that some people want or need those changes
  • make it easier to find people to discuss those changes with

However, words like this can also:

  • imply everyone should want the same things
  • imply everyone should do the same things
  • imply that people who do not make a particular change are inferior or fraudulent
  • help create an expectation that people’s history is public and not private

Think carefully before using this word to describe someone or a group of people - they may not wish to be described that way.

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