Soldier Gains New Penis And Scrotum In First Complete Penile Transplant

Soldier Gains New Penis And Scrotum In First Complete Penile Transplant

Soldier Gains New Penis And Scrotum In First Complete Penile Transplant

A USA veteran became the recipient of the world's first penis and scrotum transplant in March.

A statement from the university did not describe how the patient was injured, but said blasts from improvised explosive devices can cause such injuries.

Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Dr. Richard Redett told the press that he hopes that the ground-breaking surgery will help the wounded soldier to regain both urinary and sexual function and lead a normal life.

A team of nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons performed the 14-hour surgery last month.

The extent of the patient's injuries - he had lost his penis, scrotum, and much of his abdominal wall - meant taking an exact replica of what was missing was the most sensible option for the surgeons treating him.

The soldier called his injury from an improvised explosive device "mind-boggling" and hard to accept. Details of the incident were not released. When I first woke up, I felt finally more normal... a level of confidence as well. "Confidence... like, finally, I'm okay now", he added. He is expected to be discharged from the hospital this week after recovering from the surgery.

According to the Baltimore Sun, a transplant recipient who wishes to remain anonymous is now recovering at the hospital after a first of its kind procedure.

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It was also decided in this operation that a scrotum transplant should not extend to the donor's testicles, which would bring the possibility of having children.

Many patients suffer in silence because of the stigma their injuries sometimes carry.

We are so thankful to say that our loved one would be proud and honored to know he provided such a special gift to you. After such a surgery, the patient must continue to take a variety of immunosuppressive drugs to prevent their body from rejecting the foreign tissue.

The team that performed this surgery is the same team that performed the country's first bilateral arm transplant in a wounded warrior.

Although there have been three previous penis transplants in the world, this is the first operation to also transplant a scrotum.

The surgery took place on March 26 and almost a month on doctors seem confident of its success but will continue to monitor the patient's recovery.

The patient said he went through tough times emotionally after the injury, and kept the loss of his genitalia a secret from all but a few.

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