WASHINGTON, May 16, 2016 – His is not the first penile transplant, that was in South Africa and the recipient has recently announced his wife is pregnant, but doctor’s are looking at this surgery to assist men who had lost their penises from defects, injuries, cancer, or combat.
Early discussions about the procedure had surgeons at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine preparing to provide penis transplants to U.S. veterans who had suffered from serious genital injuries in combat. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore received permission to conduct as many as 60 transplants on veterans with genital injuries.
Between 2001 and 2013, 1,367 men, most under 35 years old, underwent genital damage in Iraq and Afghanistan, often from homemade bombs. (People Magazine)
“These genitourinary injuries are not things we hear about or read about very often,” Dr. W. P. Andrew Lee, the chairman of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins tells The New York Times. “I think one would agree it is as devastating as anything that our wounded warriors suffer, for a young man to come home in his early 20s with the pelvic area completely destroyed.”
Lecia Bushak from Medical Daily reports:
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