Have we reached the age of penis transplants?
Some of the most serious injuries that a man can suffer are the ones occurring in the area of the genitals. There have been many incidents, especially among males working in the military or other dangerous professions where explosions and similar phenomena are frequent and unexpected. In fact, they are more common than most people think.
According to the US Department of Defense Trauma Registry, between 2001 and 2013, more than 1.300 men serving in military bases in either Iraq or Afghanistan have suffered genital wounds. The overwhelming majority of them were caused by exploding homemade bombs. Fortunately for them and any future cases, medicine is on the verge of a huge breakthrough.
A team of pioneer doctors at the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore are planning to perform a penis transplant operation for the first time in the United States. The exact date is not set, as there are many details that need to be adjusted but it is planned to take place in 2016.
The complexity of the whole procedure is indisputable. Even if the surgery reaches 100% success, it will still take a few months before the penis begins to work in order to allow to the patient to urinate properly and enable sensation. After an additional amount of time, the recipient of the transplant will be also capable of engaging to sexual activities.
If everything goes according to plan, it will be the second successful operation of this type on a global scale. It has already been attempted twice in the past.
The first time was in China, back in 2006 but, because of certain complications, the surgeons were forced to detach the transplant.
The second time was last year in South Africa. This time everything went according to plan to such an extent, that the man recently became a father.
The significance of this medical advancement cannot be overstated. All psychologists, surgeons and military doctors agree that an injury that disables the reproductive organs of a man has devastating psychological consequences. Many war veterans that have witnessed men being carried to the surgery said that the thing that mattered to these men the most at that time was whether their genitals had been damaged.
In the following year, we will probably witness another scientific miracle. It is hard to imagine what the boundaries of medicine will be in the future since, one by one, all diseases and accident consequences are being dealt with using methods that become more and more efficient as the years go by.