Surgeons Announce World’s First Successful Penis Transplant

Back then, there was vaginal transplant, now, there’s already penis transplant. 

Surgeons Announce World's First Successful Penis TransplantThree months after the ground-breaking surgery, the world’s first ever penis transplant was successfully announced by South African doctors last Friday. 

On December 11, 2014, a 21 year old man received a donor’s penis during a nine-hour procedure performed at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town  after 3 years of suffering from botch circumcision from a traditional initiation ceremony. 

It’s a massive breakthrough! We’ve proved that it can be done — we can give someone an organ that is just as good as the one that he had. It was a privilege to be part of this first successful penis transplant in the world,” said Professor Frank Graewe, head of plastic reconstructive surgery at Stellenbosch University.

Surgeons Announce World's First Successful Penis TransplantSo, three months after the surgery, the transplanted penis is now fully functioning – both for sex and for urination – though full sensation may take a bit longer. 

Our goal was that he would be fully functional at two years and we are very surprised by his rapid recovery,” says team leader, Andre van der Merwe of Stellenbosch University.

According to Andre van der Merwe, South Africa has a greater needs for penis transplant than most of the world because young men who are members of the Xhosa people often undergo ritual circumcision, sometimes in rural areas without using proper and sterilize equipment. 

Now that the team were able to show a successful outcome of the operation on a single patient,  they have another 9 patients on deck to received donated organs in the near future.

 

via New York Daily News

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