Recipient of 1st Penis and Scrotum Transplant is 'Fully Functional'

An Army veteran who lost his genitals in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan is "fully functional" a year-and-a-half after undergoing the world's first penis and scrotum transplant. The update on the soldier's condition appears in Wednesday's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. "He's doing very well," writes Johns Hopkins' Dr. Rick Redett. "The graft has taken nicely. Rejection hasn't been much of an issue, and he has very good return of function." That "function" includes the ability to have erections, enjoy orgasms and urinate while standing, Redett says. The only thing the unidentified bombing victim can't do is reproduce, as he did not receive new testicles in the transplant, according to the report. Sadly, while the veteran's injury was worse than most, it isn't uncommon. According to the Journal of Urology, 1,367 soldiers suffered genital injuries while fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2001 to 2013. Is penis enlargement surgery right around the corner? Would you blow off your package if it meant getting a transplant of a larger one?


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