John Hopkins University specialists agree in the judgment: it is the first time in the world.
We only know about him that he is a young veteran and his problem stemmed from an accident that occurred in 2010 in Afghanistan. He is the anonymous patient who received a complete transplant of his penis, scrotum and lower abdomen tissue. And he is in excellent health: from the bulletins it seems that his new "graft" is also working properly.
"After the penis transplant, the patient has nearly normal erections and the ability to reach orgasm," the researchers write.
The operation, which took place last March, gave the anonymous patient great benefits for self-esteem: the transplant was the first in the world including not only the penis but all the surrounding tissues and systems.
"When I regained consciousness after the operation, I felt like a reborn person, finally more serene," he said in a release of the time.
Sometimes such a transplant, needless to say, fails: the recipient's immune system does not accept the new organ, and in some penis transplants, rejection seizures force doctors to withdraw from the operation.
This does not seem the case, however. At Johns Hopkins University, doctors report that the patient's sexual function has returned to normal capacity, and that quality of life has improved markedly.
Almost a year later, they say about the man, we can proudly confirm it: the transplant had a triumphal outcome.
“The patient reported a distinctly positive change in self-perception. And in the periodic interviews he expressed great satisfaction with the outcome of the penis reconstruction procedure and the positive effects on his personal future, " we read in the research.
(RI) let's start with the little things
The veteran quickly regained all the lost skills, starting with the use of the genitals for the toilet. And optimistic statements about his love life are not relevant (expressed in a recent piece in The Guardian newspaper).