First Penile Transplant In The US

The First Penile Transplant In The US has been performed by the doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital according to CNN.

As they said, Thomas Manning of 64 years old, is recovering well after the 15 hour procedure performed by a team of over 50 surgeons, doctors and nurses, this month, according to the hospital. Manning had his penis amputated after he was diagnosed with penile cancer in 2012.

According to doctors it was a "surgical milestone. The surgeons had connected the intricate vascular and nerve structures of a donor penis with those of the 64 year old transplant recipient. As the Dr. Dicken Ko, director of the hospital's Regional Urology Program, says, the objectives of the surgery were primarily to reconstruct the genitalia so that it appeared natural, followed by urinary function and hopefully sexual function. However, Ko added that while sexual function is a goal, reproduction is not, because of a concern surrounding the ethical issues of who the potential father may be.

As doctors said there are no signs of bleeding, rejection or infection, and they are cautiously optimistic that he will regain function. 

In December 2014, doctors at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, performed the first penis transplant in a nine-hour operation. The patient was a 21 year old man.

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