Recipient Of World’s First Penis Transplant Able To Have Sex

The operation was performed at Cape Town’s Tygerberg Hospital by surgeons from the hospital and Stellenbosch University. Although the operation was performed last December, the team waited until they could determine the long-term success of the procedure before declaring it a success. The 20-year-old patient, who remains anonymous, was forced to have his penis amputated following a botched circumcision that led to his first penis becoming gangrenous. Gangrene occurs when blood flow to tissue is inadequate, causing tissue to rot. It is potentially life-threatening.

In order to find a donor, the doctor’s had to agree to reconstruct a new penis on the donor’s cadaver from dead abdomen tissue.

The patients new penis is now fully functional and the man can even have sex. According to Prof. André van der Merwe, who led the surgery, “Our goal was that he would be fully functional at two years and we are very surprised by his rapid recovery.” Via Recipient Of World’s First Penis Transplant Able To Have Sex

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