Surgeons complete world's first penis and scrotum transplant

Doctors at John Hopkins University School of Medicine said a U.S. military sergeant has received the world's first total penis and scrotum transplant

Surgeons complete world's first penis and scrotum transplant

The patient did not receive the testicles of the donor, to protect against any legal or ethical implications if children were produced with sperm from the donor, Newsweek reported.

The operation lasted 14 hours and required the help of nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons.

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Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University have given a wounded soldier the world's first full penis and scrotum transplant, the hospital announced Monday.

The exact need for these types of surgeries remains unclear, but the newspaper said that Department of Defense data shows that more than 1,300 men have sustained genitourinary injuries in Iraq or Afghanistan, with close to one-third of injuries involving the penis. "When I first woke up, I felt finally more normal ..." The first successful such transplant took place in 2014 in South Africa, and in 2016, a Boston man became the second penis transplant recipient-the first in the US-after he lost his penis to cancer.

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Doctors said they hoped that the patient, who is expected to be released from the hospital this week, would regain "near-normal" urinary and sexual functions as he recovers and his nerves heal over the coming months. The veteran in this case waited more than a year for a viable donor. From 2001 to 2013, 1,367 men, almost all under the age of 35, returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan with genital injuries, according to the Department of Defense Trauma registry. The surgery is estimated to have cost between $300,000 to $400,000, but in this case Hopkins paid for the bill and the surgical team worked for free, the Times said. To reduce the risk that his body would reject his new penis and scrotum, the patient received a bone marrow transplant from the organ donor.

But for years, a group of doctors at Johns Hopkins has been working to provide the life-changing transplant to young military veterans returning from war with devastating injuries. It will take some six months before the nerves regrow enough to restore sexual function, but Redett is optimistic. A man who lost his penis to cancer became the first U.S. penis transplant recipient in 2016. Manning issued a statement following the operation saying: "Today I begin a new chapter filled with personal hope and hope for others who have suffered genital injuries". "What's the big deal?"

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