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Scientists Explore Possibility of Penis Transplants in the United States

Jan 05, 2016

So far, only two penis transplants have been conducted in the world. Only one was successful.

The first occurred in China in 2006. The operation was successful on a physical level. After ten days, the new penis had a healthy blood supply and the recipient could urinate on his own. However, the new penis was soon removed because the man and his wife had trouble with it psychologically.

The second transplant took place just over a year ago in South Africa. The 21-year-old patient had had his penis amputated after he developed complications from a botched circumcision. (In the Xhosa culture, it is customary for males to be circumcised as teenagers or young adults.)

That transplant was a success and in 2015, the man impregnated his girlfriend.

Psychological readiness is important. Men in the Johns Hopkins program will receive psychiatric evaluations. Patients and partners will be counseled on what to expect, as there are no guarantees that urinary and sexual function will be completely restored.

The operation is intricate. Surgeons must connect tiny blood vessels and nerves under a microscope. Nerves should eventually grow at a rate of one inch per month. Experts believe it will take six to twelve months to regain urinary and sexual function. If men still have their testes, they may be able to father children eventually.


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