Doctors Complete The First Successful Penile Transplant Operation: User Regains All Function in 4 Mo

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In a ground-breaking operation, a team of pioneering surgeons from Stellenbosch University (SU) and Tygerberg Hospital performed the first successful penile transplant in the world.

The marathon nine-hour operation, led by Prof André van der Merwe, head of SU's Division of Urology, was performed on 11 December 2014 at Tygerberg Hospital in Bellville, Cape Town. This is the second time that this type of procedure was attempted, but the first time in history that a successful long-term result was achieved.

"South Africa remains at the forefront of medical progress," says Prof Jimmy Volmink, Dean of SU's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS). "This procedure is another excellent example of how medical research, technical know-how and patient-centred care can be combined in the quest to relieve human suffering. It shows what can be achieved through effective partnerships between academic institutions and government health services."

Van der Merwe was assisted by Prof Frank Graewe, head of the Division of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery at SU FMHS, Prof Rafique Moosa, head of the FMHS Department of Medicine, transplant coordinators, anaesthetists, theatre nurses, a psychologist, an ethicist and other support staff.

The patient, whose identity is being protected for ethical reasons, has made a full recovery and has regained all function in the newly transplanted organ.

"Our goal was that he would be fully functional at two years and we are very surprised by his rapid recovery," says Van der Merwe. The end result of the transplant was the restoration of all the patient's urinary and reproductive functions.

"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," says Graewe. "It was a privilege to be part of this first successful penis transplant in the world."

"Western Cape Government Health (WCGH) is very proud to be part of this ground-breaking scientific achievement," says Dr Beth Engelbrecht, head of the WCGH. "We are proud of the medical team, who also form part of our own staff compliment at Tygerberg Hospital. 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."

The procedure was part of a pilot study to develop a penile transplant procedure that could be performed in a typical South African hospital theatre setting.

"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," explains Van der Merwe.

Three years ago the 21-year-old recipient's penis had to be amputated in order to save his life when he developed severe complications after a traditional circumcision. Although there are no formal records on the number of penile amputations per year due to traditional circumcision, one study reported up to 55 cases in the Eastern Cape alone, and experts estimate as many as 250 amputations per year across the country.

"This is a very serious situation. 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," says Van der Merwe.

"The heroes in all of this for me are the donor, and his family. They saved the lives of many people because they donated the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, skin, corneas, and then the penis," says Van der Merwe. Finding a donor organ was one of the major challenges of the study.

The planning and preparation for the study started in 2010. After extensive research Van der Merwe and his surgical team decided to employ some parts of the model and techniques developed for the first facial transplant.

"We used the same type of microscopic surgery to connect small blood vessels and nerves, and the psychological evaluation of patients was also similar. The procedure has to be sustainable and has to work in our environment at Tygerberg," says Van der Merwe.

This procedure could eventually also be extended to men who have lost their penises from penile cancer or as a last-resort treatment for severe erectile dysfunction due to medication side effects. As part of the study, nine more patients will receive penile transplants.

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What the hell do they do that so complicated to slice someone's penis off ?
They must be out there using lasers or something
 

fontaine

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What the hell do they do that so complicated to slice someone's penis off ?
They must be out there using lasers or something
they replaced a penis, bruh.

Hat are you talking about?



Glad homey got his D back...

:pimp: :pimp:

I wonder if homey got the moderate medium size option or the Porn size option.
 
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^the answer is in the article

With that being said, no ayo but I wonder how normal it looks :lol:
 
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And dude is 21, wonder if he's got any chicks on deck to smash or a girl :lol:

Maybe sons been lying he's waiting for marriage to girls but now just can't wait to get his rocks off.

If dude was a typical NTer they'd need to line up another penis for him because he'd fap the new one right off
 
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they replaced a penis, bruh.

Hat are you talking about?



Glad homey got his D back...

:pimp: :pimp:

I wonder if homey got the moderate medium size option or the Porn size option.
na breh.. what are they doing during circumcision ? pause
 
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Haha. He has another man's meat.


When he faps is he performing a homosexual act?

What if you're Black and they give you a white penis?

Does he have to take medicine so his body doesn't attack his penis?
 

bravelude

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Haha. He has another man's meat.


When he faps is he performing a homosexual act?

What if you're Black and they give you a white penis?

Does he have to take medicine so his body doesn't attack his penis?

LOL. this new breed of trolling and jokes. you cant swap it if it dont fit. yall think you can just weld a 5zigen cat back onto a Ford?

the pipes gotta match.

Will Ibaka downgrade,.or further upgrade? Damn,.people Riceing day meats.
 

Mark Antony

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What the hell do they do that so complicated to slice someone's penis off ?
They must be out there using lasers or something
they replaced a penis, bruh.

Hat are you talking about?



Glad homey got his D back...

:pimp: :pimp:

I wonder if homey got the moderate medium size option or the Porn size option.
I was about to jump on son thinking he meant what's so complicated about what they do, but I think he means what kind of precision tools were they using. I think.
 
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There's actually a support forum out there for guys with excessively large penises. Guys making posts about being depressed they can't have sex.
 
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Does he have to take medicine so his body doesn't attack his penis?
Yes, until his body is accustomed to the new organ.


Heres the thing though. Apparently he got this because of botched circumcision, but he's planning on doing the procedure again after his body integrates the new organ?

i mean :smh:
 

kdawg

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Does he have to take medicine so his body doesn't attack his penis?
Yes, until his body is accustomed to the new organ.


Heres the thing though. Apparently he got this because of botched circumcision, but he's planning on doing the procedure again after his body integrates the new organ?

i mean :smh:
He'll have to take anti-rejection drugs forever - which has huge risk attached.
 
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