In the United States, the largest operation for penis transplantation has taken place.
In the United States, not the first, but the largest in the world, operation for a male genital transplant has taken place. The patient was a soldier who lost his own penis and scrotum during the war in Afghanistan. Under it exploded an improvised explosive device. Surgeons are the same team that previously performed the first transplantation of two hands at once to one person – they worked on the patient for 14 hours in a row. They transplanted the male penis, scrotum (without testicles) and part of the abdominal wall, sewed the urethra, vessels, nerves, muscles. Andrew Lee, Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins University, said that he and his colleagues hope, if not completely, then close to normal, to restore the patient’s sexual and urinary functions. In total, 11 surgeons worked on the man: two with a specialization in urology and nine more specialists in plastic surgery.
The operation took place on March 26, but previously no results were reported, as the doctors observed the condition of the man (who, by the way, chose to remain anonymous). Now it is already possible to say with certainty that the procedure was successful, this week the soldier is already discharged from the hospital. He himself noted that he is finally feeling normal after the “ridiculous trauma” and that now he is more confident in himself.
Especially for the patient, physicians have developed a scheme for taking suppressing immune system drugs in such a way as to minimize the number of such drugs. Transplantation in this case was chosen because in this case there is more probability of restoration of sexual functions. It was possible to use the patient’s own tissues, sewing everything they needed, but in this case it would be necessary to put an additional implant to allow the man to have an erection opportunity, and such an operation, in turn, carries an increased risk of infection.