Tuesday, 21 January, 2020


Afghanistan veteran receives world's first penis and scrotum transplant

Nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons were involved transplanting an entire penis scrotum without testicles and part of the abdomen Nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons were involved transplanting an entire penis scrotum without testicles and part of the abdomen
Patty Aguilar | 24 April, 2018, 09:03

"It's a real mind-boggling injury to suffer, it is not an easy one to accept", said the veteran in the statement.

The patient, who has chosen to remain anonymous, was a young United States soldier who trod on a hidden bomb while serving in Afghanistan. "When I first woke up, I felt finally more normal..."

The patient, who asked not to be identified, survived a blast in Afghanistan a few years ago that devastated his groin and pelvic region. Receiving those organs might have enabled the patient to go on to father children with the donor's sperm, something deemed medically unethical.

Such transplants "can help those warriors with missing genitalia just as hand and arm transplant transformed the lives of amputees", Dr. W.P. Andrew Lee, Hopkins' chairman of plastic and reconstructive surgery, told reporters Monday.

The Baltimore medical center said the patient has recovered and is expected to be discharged this week. There were two earlier successful penile transplants in South Africa, as well as an unsuccessful one in China.

The complex surgery is called a "vascularized composite allotransplantation" and requires transplanting skin, muscles and tendons, nerves, bone and blood vessels. From 2001 to 2013, 1,367 men, almost all under the age of 35, returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan with genital injuries, according to the Department of Defense Trauma registry.

It's unclear how many veterans are in need of such a transplant. Back in 2015, Johns Hopkins had given its doctors permission to pursue 60 transplants.

Little information has been released about the donor, who was from New England, or his cause of death, though his family released a statement through New England Donor Services about the transplant.

The first penis transplant in the world took place in China in 2006, but it was later removed due to "a severe psychological problem of the recipient and his wife", doctors said. It will take about six months for the nerves to regrow enough to restore sexual function and sensation, but Redett said he is optimistic this will occur.

The first such operation in the USA transplanted an organ from a deceased donor to a 64-year-old penile cancer survivor, Thomas Manning of Halifax, Massachusetts.

"The bottom line is you can't worry about what other people think". "I happen to be the first person to receive a penis transplant".

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