Wounded veteran undergoes world's first total penis and scrotum transplant
- Author: Santos West Apr 26, 2018,
Apr 26, 2018, 4:15
John Hopkins University School of Medicine announced today that a USA military sergeant who was severely injured in an Afghanistan bombing several years ago has received the world's first total penis and scrotum transplant.
They took the entire penis, scrotum (without testicles) and partial abdominal wall.
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. 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 soldier called his injury from an improvised explosive device "mind-boggling" and hard to accept. Details of the incident were not released.
Although the scrotum was transplanted, the donor's testes had been removed for ethical reasons: Keeping them might enable the recipient to father children that belonged genetically to the organ donor, something not considered acceptable by medical guidelines.
The US military man who received the organs after he lost his genitals in a blast in Afghanistan.
The man has recovered from the transplant surgery and is expected to leave the hospital this week. In this case, a year after the veteran had been added to the waiting list, doctors identified a donor who was brain-dead.
"When I arrived from the narcosis, I felt normal again, with a sense of self-confidence". Some 1,367 USA servicemen deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan sustained one or more genitourinary injury between October 2001 to August 2013, according to a study by the Department of Defense Trauma Registry. "Confidence. like finally I'm okay now", he said, as cited by a statement released by the hospital.
The Johns Hopkins team also gave the patient an infusion of the donor's bone marrow to help his immune system accept the transplant. This is the third ever successful penis transplant ever performed, the second successful one to be performed in the U.S., and the first complex penis transplant ever performed - it involved the scrotum and surrounding tissue as well as the penis. The first successful transplant of its kind took place in 2014 in South Africa. Should his surgery prove to be a complete success, a further 60 people are in line to undergo the same procedure.