Monday, 16 May 2016

After 16 hours, Doctors perform first penis transplant in U.S, call it 'landmark procedure'

husetts General Hospital
have performed the first U.S. penis transplant
on 64 year old Thomas Manning who had his
penis amputated after he was diagnosed with
penile cancer in 2012.
The procedure performed on May 8 and May 9,
described by the doctors as a "surgical
milestone," is called a gentitourinary
vascularized composite allograft, or GUVCA and
involves 'surgically grafting the complex
microscopic vascular and neural structures of a
donor organ onto the comparable structures of
the recipientrecipient

According to the hospital surgeons connected
the intricate vascular and nerve structures of a
donor penis with those of the 64-year-old
transplant recipient. The surgeons said their
goals were to reconstruct the genitalia giving it
a natural appearance and to re-establish urinary
and possibly sexual function.
Doctors said there are no signs of bleeding,
rejection or infection and are cautiously
optimistic that he will regain function.
"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," Manning said in a
statement provided by the hospital. He
also expressed gratitude to his family
and his medical team, as well as to the
family of the donor.
"We are hopeful that these
reconstructive techniques will allow us
to alleviate the suffering and despair of
those who have experienced devastating
genitourinary injuries and are often so
despondent they consider taking their
own lives," said Dr. Curtis L. Cetrulo, a
plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

This is the first time such a surgery was
happening in the U.S, the first time such a
surgery was successfully carried out in the
world was in December 2014 at Tygerberg
Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.
Source: CNN

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