Story by G. Silas
Doctors have come with a new male organ transplant at the John Hopkins hospital in the United States of America
The operation involved a team of nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons,
according to a statement from Johns Hopkins Medicine . The surgeons transplanted the entire the male organ, scrotum without the testicles.
The transplant was the result of more than five years of research, clinical director of the genitourinary transplant program at Johns Hopkins, Dr Richard Redette said during a news conference.
The operation involved transplanting skin, muscles, tendons, nerves, bone and blood vessels; the blood vessels and nerves were reconnected under the microscope, Redett said.
The doctors are hopeful that the man will regain near-normal urinary and sexual functions thanks to the transplant, Dr. W. P. Andrew Lee, director of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, said in the statement.
Lee noted that while it’s possible to reconstruct a male organ using tissue from other parts of the body, a prosthetic implant would be needed to achieve an erection. Such an implant comes with a higher risk of infection.
The first male organ transplant in the U.S. was performed in March 2016, on a man who had his penis removed due to cancer. Last month’s surgery, however, was the first to include the entire penis and scrotum.
By Sara G. Miller, Health
Edited by Silas Gloria