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Plastic surgery and organ transplants have become a standard procedure nowadays, but one can say that only for a select few parts of the body. When it comes to the genitals, the world has seen only two peni$ transplant thus far, and the third one of its kind is likely to take place very soon. Scroll down and check out the whole story!
Experimenting doctors of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have been striving to figure out a way to transplant a peni$ onto live subjects. Working along this line, they will soon attempt to transplant a donor peni$ onto a young military veteran.
The procedure of a penis transplant requires the attachment of a penis from a dead donor to the live patient. Because of the donor organ belonging to a dead person, there is a lot of psychological strain associated with the operation."Psychological consequences of hand and face allografts show that it is not so easy to use and see permanently a dead person's hands, nor is it easy to look in a mirror to see a dead person's face," said French surgeon Jean-Michel Dubernard, who performed the world's first face transplant in 2006. It was due to such psychological reasons that the first penis to be transplanted had to be removed soon after a successful physical transplant. However, the second one to be performed has been great so far. In fact, he's also been able to father a child!
Giving the transplanted penis restored urinary function, feeling in the organ, and the ability to have sex and maybe even father children (if the testes remain) will require certain nerves, blood vessels, and urethra to be intact from before the surgery itself.
The emotional scar that it leaves on people who take damage to their genitals - military or civilian - is intense. "To be missing the penis and parts of the scrotum is devastating," says Richard J. Redett, director of pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins. "That part of the body is so strongly associated with your sense of self and identity as a male. These guys have given everything they have."
The cost of the entire procedure is estimated to be somewhere between US$200,000 and $400,000. At this experimental stage, only army veterans are eligible for the operation. The Recipients will be required to take anti-rejection medicine for the rest of their lives, and a one-off infusion of stem cells from the donor.
Some feel that spending so much money and time in something like a penis transplant is unwarranted and non-essential because not having a penis isn't a life-threatening condition. However, doctors and veterans have something in contrast to say. "I don't care who you are - military, civilian, anything - you have an injury like this, it's more than just a physical injury," Sgt. First Class Aaron Causey, who lost both his legs and most of his testicles in Afghanistan, said. He even added that the damage to his testicles was by far more troubling to him than the loss of his legs.