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U.S. veteran receives world's most extensive penis transplant to mend blast injury

24 April 2018

Physicians at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore have performed the first total penis and scrotum transplant in the world, the hospital announced on Monday.

The 14-hour operation took place at Johns Hopkins Hospital last month.

The transplant involved removing a deceased donor's entire penis and scrotum and part of his abdominal wall and transferring that combination of skin, muscles and tendons, nerves, ...

A Baltimore hospital says a wounded United States veteran has received the world's most extensive penis transplant. The patient, identified only as a US military sergeant, underwent the first-of-its-kind procedure at John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland on March 26, USA Today reported. For ethical reasons, surgeons removed the testicles prior to the transplantation to prevent the possibility that the recipient could father children genetically belonging to the donor.

"While extremity amputations are visible and resultant disability obvious, some war injuries are hidden and their impact not widely appreciated by others", Dr. W. P. Andrew Lee told reporters, speaking of the "devastating impact" that injuries had on mens' identity, self-esteem and intimate relationships. "When I first woke up, I felt finally more normal..." Information related to the patient's identify, that of the donor and how the donor died was not available.

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"We are all very proud that our loved one was able to help a young man that served this country". "Please know that this is truly a heartfelt statement, as we have several veterans in the family". 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 patient's injury in Afghanistan also necessitated the amputation of both of his legs above the knee.

The Johns Hopkins team has been planning for penis transplant procedures for years, with the goal of eventually helping wounded veterans.

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. Since the procedures are still considered experimental, they are not covered by insurance.

U.S. veteran receives world's most extensive penis transplant to mend blast injury