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First Penis Transplantion Successful: Cancer Patient Survives Operation

Update Date: May 17, 2016 06:29 AM EDT
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Anyone will come to a point where critical and sensitive issued tied up with their body will suffice and that includes one’s reproductive sex organs. For men, this immediately points towards their penile which is delicate and important as far as some are concerned.

Through the years, there have been a lot of cases where a man’s penile would be in cases like accidents or health-related issues that include cancer. One such example is the case of 64-year-old Thomas Manning from Halifax, Massachusetts.

Manning’s penis had to be removed due to cancer and one can just imagine what a big blow that would be for someone like him. Then again, everyone knows the perils of cancer and obviously it was the right thing to do at the time.

But thanks to a couple of doctors in Dr. Dicken Ko and Dr. Curtis L. Cetrulo, that matter of manhood has been resolved. Manning underwent a 15-hour surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital over in Boston to replace it coming from a deceased donor.

“We’re cautiously optimistic,” said Dr. Curtis L. Cetrulo, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a leader of the surgical team. “It’s uncharted waters for us.”

The whole procedure was part of an experimental program whose main intent was to help out veterans who may be suffering from severe pelvic injuries aside from cancer and accidents. For Manning, doctors believe he should be able to urinate normally once again after a few weeks and sexual functions thereafter to as long as months.

Manning will, however, need to add some routine in his daily life following the transplant. That includes taking anti-rejection meds for the rest of his life like tacrolimus which will help in the nerve regeneration to help restore function on the penile.

“If I’m lucky, I get 75 percent of what I used to be,” said Manning. “Before the surgery I was 10 percent. But they made no promises. That was part of the deal.”

A second patient may be undergoing the surgery next, someone that lost his penis due to burns caused by a car accident. Dr. Cetrulo reveals that this will take place once a matching donor is found. He also adds that the estimated cost would be between $50,000 to $75,000 with the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine paying for the procedures.

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