US surgeons successfully perform genital transplant

A team of surgeons in the United States performed the most complex male genital transplant to date. This marks the third-ever successful operation of its kind. In a 14-hour operation, a man whose genitals were blown off received an extraordinary transplant: A penis, scrotum and portion of the abdominal wall, taken from a deceased organ donor.

According to the team of 11 surgeons, the regaining of nerve sensation is likely to take around six months. The surgery was performed last month at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Two other successful procedures involving only the organ itself, not the scrotum or surrounding flesh, have been performed — in South Africa in 2014 and at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2016.

According to media reports, the procedure cost John Hopkins an estimated Sh30 million to Sh40 million. The transplant involved a single piece of tissue that measured 10 inches by 11 inches and weighed four or two kilograms

Genital injuries are rare, making a transplant a complicated procedure that includes connecting all the arteries, veins, nerves, the skin and the urethra to the recipient. In Kenya, doctors at Kenyatta National Hospital in 2015 tried a similar procedure on a 17-year-old boy who lost his genitals in a motorbike accident on Thika Road. The doctors took a chunk of skin from the boy’s forearm and used it to shape a new penis for him.

 

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