WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- More than a year since a veteran had genital transplantation, the patient reported that he feels whole as he regained functions of his new body parts.
- According to reported updates by the John Hopkins surgical team, the man whose genitals were shattered by an explosive device is now reaching orgasms and almost normal erections and can urinate without problems.
- The patient’s case is reported in the New England Journal of Medicine to be the first to successfully undergo a complicated genital transplant.
Over a year following an operation to transplant a penis, scrotum and lower abdominal wall on a severely injured veteran, the man now says he “feels whole” again with his new body parts.
On November 7, the medical team at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine had reported updates on their patient in the New England Journal of Medicine. This included the young man’s regaining normal sensations in the shaft and tip of his transplanted penis, as well as achieving “near-normal” erections and orgasms. He was also reported to urinate with a “strong stream” without urgency or straining issues.
The first-ever to undergo the complex genital transplant, the man is also the third in the world to have a successful penis transplant. His injury stemmed from an improvised explosive device (IED) which severely damaged his penis and scrotum and caused his lower abdominal wall to lose a significant amount of tissue, leading to above-knee amputations on both legs.
Prior to the procedure, surgeons had to develop an entirely new revascularization technique to make sure there is a proper blood supply because organ and tissue transplantation from a closely age-matched donor was extremely difficult. So far, their efforts have been successful.
The man has since reported an improved self-image since the transplant. He is now living independently with leg prostheses, has gone back to school and has now a positive outlook for the future.
The man’s successful transplant is very good news especially for the 1,367 men between 2001 and 2013, most of whom under 35 years old, who returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with genital injuries and needing such a sensitive reconstruction.
The John Hopkins surgical team plans to carry out 60 penis transplants, the cost of which is estimated to range from $300,000 to $400,000, although the surgeons performed the operation for free.
Source: ARS Technica