The First-Ever Penis + Scrotum Transplant Was A Success

The recipient is a veteran who was injured by an explosive device.
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Back in 2015, the team at Johns Hopkins University made headlines when they announced they would attempt penis transplants in the future. It looks like the future is today, because they announced today that doctors at Johns Hopkins just completed the first successful transplant of a penis and scrotum. According to a press release, the recipient of the transplant is a veteran who was injured by an explosive device in Afghanistan.

The transplant is notable because it is the first total penis and scrotum transplant in the world. Previous penis transplants did not include the scrotum.

The surgery took a team of eleven surgeons (nine plastic surgeons, and two urological surgeons) and took 14 hours. The penis, scrotum, and part of the abdominal wall came from a deceased donor.

This computer animation of the surgery offers a fascinating look into the procedure:

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The recipient, who wishes to stay anonymous, has already recovered from his surgery and should be discharged later this week.

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