Now, the Johns Hopkins reconstructive surgery team that performed the country's first bilateral arm transplant in a wounded warrior has successfully performed the first total penis and scrotum transplant in the world. Confidence... like finally I'm okay now'. The medics said the donor's testicles were not transplanted, due to ethical considerations.
However, by transplantation from a cadaverous donor, skin, muscles and tendons, nerves, bone and blood vessels are taken and a more complete transplantation is performed.
Although the field of phalloplasty has greatly improved thanks to growing demand for sex-reassignment surgery, penis-transplant procedures haven't progressed almost as quickly. That's when he consulted a reconstructive surgeon about phalloplasty, a procedure involving building a penis with tissue from other parts of the body like the forearm and lining of the mouth, along with silicone implants to serve as erectile chambers. He should be discharged from hospital this week. According to the US Department of Defence, more than 1,300 men are reported to have survived with genitourinary injuries between 2001 and 2013, although it is unclear how many of these lost part or all of their penis.
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.
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The family of the donor, who worked with New England Donor Services, wished the patient well. Those transplants involved only the penis, not extensive surrounding tissue that made this transplant much more complex. This is said to be different from earlier penis transplants. This is the third ever successful penis transplant ever performed, the second successful one to be performed in the USA, and the first complex penis transplant ever performed - it involved the scrotum and surrounding tissue as well as the penis. "In particular, the ability of the recipient of the transplant to have children would result in genetic material being transmitted from the donor of the transplanted tissue to the recipient's offspring".
The patient is obviously still in the recovery phase of the operation, which was performed on March 26th, but doctors say the penis should be functional. There are still questions of whether he will regain sexual function. The man's injuries were the results of an IED attack while in Afghanistan, and while he's lucky to have escaped with his life, living life without genitalia is also pretty hard to imagine.
Many veterans also tend not to have enough viable tissue from other parts of their bodies to work with.