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World's First Successful PENIS Transplant by Eyop: 6:41pm On Mar 13, 2015
Man, 21, has organ restored after it was amputated due to a botched circumcision
Man underwent 9 hour operation at Tygerberg Hospital South Africa
Transplant was carried out in December but announced today
The penis was donated to the hospital by a deceased organ donor
Nerves and blood vessels were connected by a team of surgeons
Patient made ‘rapid’ recovery and has regained all functions in the organ
Experts: 250 men a year in South Africa lose their joysticks in circumcisions

A 21-year-old man has undergone the world's first successful penis transplant.
The 'ground-breaking' operation took South African surgeons nine hours to perform, and allowed the patient to urinate normally and become sexually active again. Three years ago the man, who remains unidentified, was forced to have his penis amputated after a botched circumcision.
Each year thousands of young men, mainly from the Xhosa tribe in South Africa, have their foreskins removed in traditional rituals, with experts estimating around 250 losing their joysticks each year to medical complications.

The operation was carried out by surgeons from Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, using a penis donated from a deceased person. They said the procedure allowed the man to regain all function in the newly transplanted organ.
Nine more patients will now receive penile transplants. Professor André van der Merwe, head of the University's Division of Urology, said they were surprised by the patient's rapid recovery. He said: 'Our goal was that he would be fully functional at two years and we are very surprised by his rapid recovery.

Professor Frank Graewe, another of the hospital's surgeons who assisted on the operation, said: 'It's a massive breakthrough. We've proved that it can be done – we can give someone an organ that is just as good as the one that he had.'

'It was a privilege to be part of this first successful penis transplant in the world.'
Professor van der Merwe said having a penis amputated is known to have a seriously adverse psychological effect on men.
'This is a very serious situation,' he said.
'For a young man of 18 or 19 years the loss of his penis can be deeply traumatic.

He doesn't necessarily have the psychological capability to process this. There are even reports of suicide among these young men.'
He added that finding a donor organ was one of the main challenges to the procedures, and called the man who donated his penis, and his family, 'heroes'.
The procedure was performed as part of a pilot study to develop a penile transplant procedure that could be performed in a typical South African hospital.
The planning and preparation for the study started in 2010.
After extensive research Professor Van der Merwe and his surgical team decided to use techniques developed for the first facial transplant.
The operation was the second time that this type of procedure was attempted, but the first time in history that a successful long-term result was achieved.

A man in China received a transplant in 2005 but that man asked surgeons to remove the new organ two weeks later.
Professor Van der Mewe said the procedure could eventually also be extended to men who have lost their joysticks from penile cancer or as a last-resort treatment for severe erectile dysfunction due to the side effects from medication.

The South African Government praised surgeons who performed the operation.
Dr Beth Engelbrecht, head of Western Cape Government Health, said: 'We are very proud to be part of this ground-breaking scientific achievement. 'It is good to know that a young man's life has been significantly changed with this very complex surgical feat.
'From experience we know that penile dysfunction and disfigurement has a major adverse psychological effect on people.'


Re: World's First Successful PENIS Transplant by Vision4God: 6:44pm On Mar 13, 2015
Thnk God for d success of d operation. Weldone docs. Una de try
Re: World's First Successful PENIS Transplant by Nobody: 6:44pm On Mar 13, 2015
No!! shocked
Re: World's First Successful PENIS Transplant by ammyluv2002(f): 6:45pm On Mar 13, 2015
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Re: World's First Successful PENIS Transplant by Eyop: 6:46pm On Mar 13, 2015
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