Surgeons from Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa conducted the world’s first successful penis transplant on December 11th, of last year. In a radio interview this week, professor Andrew van der Merwe updated the world on his progress.
First Penis Transplant Success
On December 11th, the surgical team conducted the first successful penis transplant operation. This nine-hour procedure was only the second time the operation had been attempted. The first, however, was unsuccessful.
The 21-year-old South African man was not named, but his penis had to be amputated after a botched circumcision procedure. Apparently, in Africa, a common coming of age ritual involves circumcision. Although the exact number of penis amputations that must be performed due to these ritual circumcisions in South Africa are unknown, some experts estimate it to be approximately 250 annually. Some reports have estimates of approximately 500 men who have died from complications from this ritual each year.
Three months after the surgery, the surgical team announced the success of the surgery. The patient had regained all urinary, reproductive and sexual functions with his new penis. In fact, in a radio interview given by van der Merwe, he noted the man had sexual function in just five weeks after the surgery date!
Beyond Just Circumcision Complications
This success could be a God send for many men around the world. Although penile amputation is a problem for South African men following circumcision complications, it also is a concern for men who have had to have their penis amputated due to penile cancer or those who have had their penises severely damaged by other diseases or injury.