They worked 14 hours. Surgeons say the soldier should be able to regain sexual function, which is impossible with penis reconstructions. Doctors said the donor testicles were not transplanted, due to ethical considerations, so the patient will not be able to reproduce. The soldier, who wishes to remain anonymous, said in a statement released by the university: “When I first woke up, I felt finally more normal like finally I’m okay now.”
This sort of surgery is called a vascularised composite allotransplantation – which is all to say that the process involves transplanting skin, bone, muscles, tendons and blood vessels. Experts from the surgical team expressed hope the soldier will be fully recovered in six to 12 months. “It is also our goal to offer the procedure in the future to other suitable patients,” they said. The first penis transplant in the US was in 2016 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. At this moment, Johns Hopkins University has approved 60 genital transplant surgeries as a part of the programme. According to a study in the Journal of Urology, an unprecedented number of US service members sustained genital injuries injury while deployed in the Iraq War.