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World’s first successful penis transplant performed in Cape Town (SA)

World’s first successful penis transplant performed in Cape Town (SA)

World’s first successful penis transplant performed in Cape Town (SA)

World’s first successful penis transplant performed in Cape Town (SA)

So penis transplant is a thing now? Now this is great news for any man who has suffered an unfortunate loss of his penis.

In a ground-breaking operation, a team of new surgeons from Stellenbosch University (SU) and Tygerberg Hospital performed the first successful penis transplant in the world.

Quite possibly this would be the oddest thing one would have read this week.

Five years in the planning, the nine-hour long operation led by Prof .Van der Merwe, head of SU’s Division of Urology, was performed on 11 December 2014 at Tygerberg Hospital in Bellville, Cape Town.

Prof. Andre van der Merwe led the world's first successful penis transplant in Cape Town, South Africa.

Prof. Andre van der Merwe led the world’s first successful penis transplant in Cape Town, South Africa.

Apparently, this is the second time that this type of procedure was attempted, but the first time in history that a successful long-term result was achieved.

The patient, whose identity is being protected for ethical reasons, has made a full recovery and has regained all function in the newly transplanted organ.

The procedure was part of a pilot study to develop a penile transplant procedure that could be performed in a typical South African hospital theatre setting.

Eventually nine more patients will receive penile transplants from SU Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), as a part of study.

Three years ago the 21-year-old recipient’s penis had to be amputated in order to save his life when he developed severe complications after a traditional circumcision.

The planning and preparation for the study started in 2010. After extensive research Van der Merwe and his surgical team decided to employ some parts of the model and techniques developed for the first facial transplant.

This procedure could eventually also be extended to men who have lost their penises from penile cancer or as a last-resort treatment for severe erectile dysfunction due to medication side effects.

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