The first man to have been grafted with penis and scrotum is in good health, satisfied with the result and ready for a sex life, said Johns Hopkins University surgeons in the New England Journal of Medicine.
"It was one of the best decisions I ever made," he said, admitting he did not regret the intervention.
The unpublished transplant was performed on March 26, 2018. After 14 hours of work, 11 surgeons succeeded in assembling hundreds of microscopic blood vessels of the penis, the scrotum without the testicles and a portion of the abdominal wall of a donor. died.
19 months later, doctors say that the organ works perfectly. The man has almost normal erections and the ability to reach orgasm. He will not be able to have children, as the testicles have not been grafted for ethical reasons, but the former soldier does not seem demoralized.
Seriously injured in Afghanistan
This former US soldier was seriously injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2010 when he was a nurse and was trying to help another soldier.
During this tragedy, he had lost his legs, part of the abdominal wall and his genitals. This last point worried him particularly. The man said he had trouble seeing himself as such and confessed to having even thought about suicide.
The operation was almost a first since a penis transplant in China in 2006 had caused "psychological problems" in the patient and the organ had to be removed during a new operation.