World-First Penis Transplant.
Losing one’s penis is no laughing matter, undoubtedly one of the most excruciating pains but as terrible things go, it’s probably up there with the worse ones. It’s hard to imagine it, but sends shivers down the spine just trying to picture it.
A surgical team from Stellenbosch University in South Africa has made a massive breakthrough in medical history, by being the World’s first to successfully perform a penis transplant.
The 21-year-old patient, who remains anonymous, lost his penis in a botched circumcision. The operation took 9 hours, it involved connecting numerous tiny nerves and blood vessels.
Unlike other vital organ transplants, penile transplant might not be a lifespan procedure, but the psychological effects can be potentially enormous and traumatic. It can lead to men being ostracised, experience solitude and contemplate suicide.
Circumcision is highly common in South Africa, a procedure to mark the transition from boyhood to adulthood. Many boys are maimed or die each year during traditional initiation ceremonies.
This operation took place last December and three months later doctors say the recovery has been rapid and the penis is fully functional. Full sensation has not returned and doctors suggest this could take two years.
Pretty exceptional, this young man is looking at leading normal life instead of a lifetime of immunosuppressant drugs.
Maybe it seems that a penis transplant ranks less in priority than a heart transplant as the latter is life threatening, but life without a penis is not a life.