“ … near-normal erections and the ability to achieve orgasm.”
Baltimore Sun – More than a year and a half after surgeons at Johns Hopkins Hospital performed a complex genital transplant on a soldier who also lost his legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, the man says he has normal functions and is “feeling whole.”
The man, who chose to remain anonymous, received a donated penis, scrotum and part of an abdominal wall during a 14-hour surgery in April 2018.
Doctors say the man has “near-normal erections and the ability to achieve orgasm,” and can urinate “while standing, without straining, frequency, or urgency, with the urine discharged in a strong stream.”
“The patient has returned to school full time and continues to live independently using leg prostheses.
He reports an improved self-image and ‘feeling whole’ again and states that he is very satisfied with the transplant and the implications it carries for his future.”
The surgery marked a milestone in transplant science. There had only been a handful of similar transplants performed at hospitals in Massachusetts, South Africa and China, but they involved only a penis.
Doctors and mental health professionals said at the time of the surgery that while not directly lifesaving, they considered the transplants necessary because of the psychological toll of such an amputation.
Service members have said it can be far worse than the toll of losing limbs.
The patient had been identified in 2012 for reconstruction using skin from other parts of the body, but he opted to wait until a penis transplant would be possible.
A trauma registry kept by the Department of Defense listed 1,367 male service members between 2001 and 2013 with so-called genitourinary injuries that include injuries to the genitals … Read more.