The First Penis Transplant In The U.S. Has Just Been Successfully Pulled Off
In what is a huge leap for the scientific and medical communities, doctors have successfully completed the first penis transplant in the United States. The surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston announced the exciting news on Monday after spending over 15 hours completing the procedure.
The brave first recipient of this risky surgery was 64-year-old Thomas Manning, who suffered from penile cancer back in 2012 and was forced to amputate part of his penis as part of treatment. After going through cancer treatment Manning had been left with a 1-inch penis and told the NY Times he felt hopeless when it came to pursuing new relationships with women.
Doctors said the surgery itself involved the meticulous process of properly connecting the vascular and neural structures of the transplant penis with the patient’s body, which required the staff to spend a large chunk of two days ensuring it was done right. The ultimate aim of the surgery is to restore the urinary abilities, construct a natural appearance, and hopefully reimpose healthy sexual functions.
After the surgery was completed Manning expressed deep gratitude and said that luckily he felt very little pain. He also released a statement that thanked the hospital staff and his donor while expressing hope for his future:
“Today I begin a new chapter filled with personal hope and hope for others who have suffered genital injuries, particularly for our service members who put their lives on the line and suffer serious damage as a result. In sharing this success with all of you, it’s my hope we can usher in a bright future for this type of transplantation.”
Now that they’ve successfully completed the first transplant in the United States, doctors hope to expand the transplant program so they can change the lives of countless wounded soldiers, cancer survivors, and victims of highly-traumatizing accidents. The hospitals John Hopkins and Massachusetts General have already found their next patients: a combat veteran and a victim of a car accident. The main issue at this point is procuring willing and compatible donors.
While this is a huge milestone for the U.S. (and medically it’s a huge milestone in general), the first ever successful penis transplant took place in South Africa in 2014. The success of it was so unexpected that the man who underwent surgery successfully impregnated his girlfriend while he was still in the 2 year window of “recovery.” Cheers to many more life-changing transplants.