After 16 hours, Doctors perform first penis transplant in U.S, call it ‘landmark procedure’

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Surgeons in Massachusetts General Hospital have
performed the first U.S. penis transplant on 64 year old
Thomas Manning who had his penis amputated after he
was diagnosed with penile cancer in 2012.
The procedure performed on May 8 and May 9, described
by the doctors as a “surgical milestone,” is called a
gentitourinary vascularized composite allograft, or GUVCA
and involves ‘surgically grafting the complex microscopic
vascular and neural structures of a donor organ onto the
comparable structures of the recipient.
According to the hospital surgeons connected the intricate
vascular and nerve structures of a donor penis with those
of the 64-year-old transplant recipient. The surgeons said
their goals were to reconstruct the genitalia giving it a
natural appearance and to re-establish urinary and possibly
sexual function.

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Doctors said there are no signs of bleeding, rejection or
infection and are cautiously optimistic that he will regain
function.
“Today I begin a new chapter filled with personal
hope and hope for others who have suffered genital
injuries, particularly for our service members who
put their lives on the line and suffer serious damage
as a result,” Manning said in a statement provided
by the hospital. He also expressed gratitude to his
family and his medical team, as well as to the
family of the donor.
“We are hopeful that these reconstructive
techniques will allow us to alleviate the suffering
and despair of those who have experienced
devastating genitourinary injuries and are often so
despondent they consider taking their own lives,”
said Dr. Curtis L. Cetrulo, a plastic and
reconstructive surgeon.




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