Soldiers often suffer the most terrible wounds, as they can lose important parts of their bodies. It’s really common for a veteran who has been through combat to lose his limbs or other important organs. After a man has lost his genitals during an attack with an improvised explosive device, a team of reconstructive surgeons from Johns Hopkins University performed the first penis transplant in the world.
The penis transplant came from a dead donor
The surgeons at Johns Hopkins University are well-known for performing some of the most unique transplants. For instance, this team was the first to restore a bilateral arm. Now, they were determined to fix a man’s penis and scrotum after he lost his genitalia during war. The surgeons hope this transplant will restore both his sexual and urinary functions.
On March 26th, the anonymous veteran underwent the penis transplant that brought together two urological surgeons and nine plastic surgeons. This procedure wouldn’t have been possible without the deceased person who donated the organs. The surgeons used the penis, a part of abdominal tissue, and the scrotum, leaving the testicles behind.
Just like any other transplant, the procedure came with many risks
So far, the recovery has gone well. Researchers have kept the man under close supervision, and he is about to leave the hospital sometime this week. He had to spend so much time to receive medical attention because the penis transplant hasn’t been an easy one.
A penis transplant can be a reconstructive procedure, meaning that the surgeons could have taken pieces of tissues from other parts of the man’s body. However, they needed a donated organ if they wanted to give the man the possibility to have erections in the future. Of course, this raises the risk of infection and rejection.
This is why all patients who undergo transplants need to stay in hospital and take an immunosuppressive treatment. This minimizes the risk of tissue rejection, and helps the new organ achieve its desired function a lot more quickly.
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