A team of US medical doctors have successfully performed the world’s first penis and scrotum transplant.
A team of eleven surgeons from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine worked for 14 hours to transplant an entire penis, scrotum, and parts on an abdominal wall from a deceased victim to a living one. It was the most extensive penis transplant ever performed, requiring the transfer of skin, muscles, tendons, nerves, bone, and blood vessels.
The team believes the transplanted penis will be functional. The patient should reach near-normal sexual and urinary functions, according to WP Andrew Lee, the director of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins.
The testicles were not transplanted due to ethical concerns so that the patient will not be able to reproduce.
The recipient was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who was injured in an IED blast. He has recovered and is scheduled to be released this week, according to a press release from the school. He asked to remain anonymous.
“It’s a real mind-boggling injury to suffer; it is not an easy one to accept,” he said, according to the press release. “When I first woke up, I felt finally more normal … [with] a level of confidence as well. Confidence … like finally I’m okay now.”
“It is our hope that such a life-changing transplant will allow [the patient] to regain urinary and sexual functions and lead a normal life,” Dr Richard Redett, an associate professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins said.
( UK Independent)