From using rubber gloves to Ben Carson’s separation of cojoined twins, Johns Hopkins has been a home to surgical firsts. Now, a team of surgeons at the Baltimore-based JHU School of Medicine is set perform the first penis transplant in the U.S.
According to the New York Times, the surgery will be performed on a soldier who was injured by a bomb blast in Afghanistan. He’s one of more than 1,300 soldiers who suffered injuries to the genitals in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past dozen years. In all, Hopkins surgeons are planning 60 such operations.
Only two other penis transplants have been reported in medical journals globally, and one of those failed. The operation is expected to take 12 hours, and will replace only the penis and not the testes. The team of surgeons hope that the men will be able to have children, and want the children to be their own.
“I think one would agree it is as devastating as anything that our wounded warriors suffer, for a young man to come home in his early 20s with the pelvic area completely destroyed,” Hopkins Chair of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery W.P. Andrew Lee told the Times.
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