Surgeons at Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital in South Africa have made medical history today with the first ever penile transplant.
The unnamed patient is a 21-year-old man who had his penis amputated three years ago after developing severe complications from a circumcision gone wrong. After the nine-hour operation in December, surgeons expected the er — new penis to take two years to become fully functional, but surprisingly the man has gained full use of his organ.
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“There is a greater need in South Africa for this type of procedure than elsewhere in the world, as many young men lose their penises every year due to complications from traditional circumcision,” said professor André van der Merwe, head of the university’s division of urology.
Thousands of young men undergo traditional circumcisions done without anesthetics as a way to express manhood. Yet it leaves many dead or severely injured. Around 250 penis circumcisions are done each year in South Africa as a result of poorly executed circumcisions.
Nine other patients are expected to undergo the surgery given this procedure’s success.
The real issue now is getting donors.