Can you believe it? Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital performed the first U.S. penis transplant, they revealed on Monday, May 16, calling it a ‘landmark procedure.’ The patient received the transplant after he was diagnosed with penile cancer in 2012. To find out more, keep reading!
It’s a miracle! Thomas Manning, 64, successfully inherited a new penis, doctors revealed on Monday, May 16, after a 15-hour surgery. He lost the one he was born with after being diagnosed with cancer in 2012, however, doctors performed a transplant (the first in the U.S.), reconstructing his genitalia.
1. Thomas Manning had his penis amputated after he was diagnosed with penile cancer in 2012.
2. The 15-hour procedure was performed by a team of over 50 surgeons, doctors and nurses.
3. The procedure is called a gentitourinary vascularized composite allograft, or GUVCA, and it involves “surgically grafting the complex microscopic vascular and neural structures of a donor organ onto the comparable structures of the recipient,” the hospital told CNN. They also described by saying the “surgeons connected the intricate vascular and nerve structures of a donor penis with those of the 64-year-old transplant recipient.”
4. Sexual function was a goal of the surgery, but reproduction was not. And that’s because “there are concerns surrounding the ethical issues of who the potential father may be,” Dr. Dicken Ko, director of the hospital’s Regional Urology Program, told CNN.
5. Doctors hope this procedure may be used with gender reconstruction surgery in the future.
“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,” Thomas said in a statement provided by the hospital.
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