Doctors at Johns Hopkins Medicine performed the world’s first complete penis-and-scrotum transplant.
The 14-hour operation, which took place on March 26, involved a team of nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons, according to a statement from Johns Hopkins Medicine. The surgeons transplanted the entire penis, scrotum (without the testicles) and a part of the abdominal wall from a deceased donor to the recipient, a veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan.
The transplant was the result of more than five years of research, Dr. Richard Redett, clinical director of the genitourinary transplant program at Johns Hopkins, said today (April 23) during a news conference.
The operation involved transplanting skin, muscles, tendons, nerves, bone and blood vessels; the blood vessels and nerves were reconnected under the microscope, Redett said.