According to an article in the US News and World Report, “Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital are preparing to perform a penis transplant – a first in U.S. medicine – for an American soldier who sustained a genital injury in an explosion during a deployment.”
The soldier, whose name has not been released, will undergo the surgery in the next few weeks, Reuters reports. Currently, doctors are looking for a donor similar in skin tone and age. The surgery might encompass replacing the scrotum, part of the abdominal wall, groin tissue, part of the inner thigh and reconnecting nerves and blood vessels.
ABC News says doctors hope the new penis will become fully functional in six months to a year after transplantation.
More than 60 other wounded servicemen are also waiting for a chance to have a penis transplant, the Washington Post Reports. Over 1,300 military servicemen encountered genital injuries between 2011 and 2013 in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department’s Trauma Registry, .
The first successful penis transplant took place in South Africa in 2014. In the U.S., Johns Hopkins is reserving the surgery for servicemen injured during deployment.
Source: US News and World Report
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