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Chaz Bono to have surgery

Cher's newly-single son Chaz Bono is considering his options after choosing to go ahead with radical surgery.

Bono, who was born a girl, is in the final stages of a complete gender reassignment and the last part of his journey will come when surgeons give him a male phallus.

He reveals he could go all the way and have a donor organ, but he tells Rolling Stone magazine he is "leaning more toward a metoidioplasty".

Bono, who recently split from longtime girlfriend Jennifer Elia, explains, "It's a procedure that uses what you already have which has grown larger from the testosterone. You end up with a smaller phallus than with the phalloplasty, but it's fully functional, it gets erect, and the sensation is all there.

"To break it down, the surgery I want to have, I'd like to have the testicular implants and all of that, and I'd like to be able to urinate through it."

But Bono admits it is not a cheap procedure: "There's different ways to do the surgery, from real basic to more and more options. It's like a car. The doctor I want to use is in Belgrade. It's going to be a little cheaper there. Probably $25,000, maybe $45,000, I really don't know."

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