Man receives first ever penis and scrotum transplant

Man receives first ever penis and scrotum transplant

In a statement released by the university, he said: "When I first woke up, I felt finally more normal, like finally I'm okay now".

During the procedure, the surgeons had to connect three arteries, four veins, and two nerves, as well as graft a large piece of abdominal tissue onto the patient's body.

Speaking to CapeTalk host Sara-Jayne King, Dr van Loggerenberg says also transplanting the donor's testicles could have raised some hard ethical questions.

"While extremity amputations are visible and resultant disability obvious, some war injuries are hidden and their impact not widely appreciated by others", Dr. W.P. Andrew Lee told reporters, speaking of the "devastating impact" that injuries had on mens' identity, self-esteem and intimate relationships.

A team of surgeons in the United States performed the most complex male genital transplant to date, marking the third-ever successful operation of its kind.

The veteran, who asked to remain anonymous for privacy-related reasons, received the tissue transplant from a team of 11 doctors - nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons - at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in March.

The surgeon also expressed his hope that the patient will make a good recovery, and that he might eventually regain both urinary and sexual function, nearly to the full extent.

Penis transplants have been performed before, but those involved claim that the amount of tissue involved in this procedure was much larger since it included abdominal tissue as well as the scrotum.

Dr. Richard Redett, one of the surgeons involved in the procedure, joins CBSN to explain how it was accomplished, and the patient's outlook. "Confidence ... like finally I'm okay now".

The transplant is estimated to cost $50,000 to $75,000 but Johns Hopkins is largely footing the bills since the procedures are still considered experimental and are not covered by insurance. In May 2016, the first penis transplant in the US was performed at the Massachusetts General Hospital on a 64-year-old man.

His new organ had a colour discrepancy because he was a black man and the donor was white. "In this case, we worked closely with our colleagues at the Living Legacy Foundation, the organ procurement organization serving most of Maryland, to facilitate and coordinate the recovery of this unique donation for transplant by the Hopkins team".

Almost one month after the procedure, the penis transplant recipient appears to be recovering well and is expected to be discharged later this week, according to Redett. Almost three-quarters of these injuries involved external genitals - although fewer than five lost the penis - with 94 percent of cases occurring in men 35 or younger.

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