So feel free to make your own jokes on this one.

First penis transplant reversed after two weeks

Tue Sep 19, 2006 8:14 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters) – Surgeons in China who said they performed the first successful penis transplant had to remove the donated organ because of the severe psychological problems it caused to the recipient and his wife.

Dr Weilie Hu and surgeons at Guangzhou General Hospital in China performed the complex 15-hour surgery on a 44-year old man whose penis had been damaged in a traumatic accident.

The microsurgery to attach the penis, which had been donated by the parents of a 22-year-old brain-dead man, was successful but Hu and his team removed it two weeks later.

“Because of a severe psychological problem of the recipient and his wife, the transplanted penis regretfully had to be cut off,” Hu said in a report published online by the peer reviewed journal European Urology, without elaborating.

“This is the first reported case of penile transplantation in a human,” Hu added.

Both the man and his wife had requested the surgery. He had been unable to have intercourse or urinate properly since the accident that occurred 8 months before the surgery was performed.

Ten days after the operation, which had been approved by the hospital’s medical ethical committee, the recipient had been able to urinate.

There had been no signs of the 10-centimetre (4-inch) organ being rejected by the recipient’s body. But Hu said more cases and longer observation are needed to determine whether sexual sensation and function can be restored.

“The patient finally decided to give up the treatment because of the wife’s psychological rejection, as well as the swollen shape of the transplanted penis” Hu added.

In a commentary in the journal, Yoram Vardi, of the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, said the successful surgery represents an additional step in contemporary medicine.

But he added that careful patient selection is required as well as thorough informed consent of the patient and his family.

“Satisfactory consideration of these issues must be taken into account so that this approach can be considered a serious therapeutic option in the future,” Vardi added.

5 Comments on I Wouldn’t Know Where to Start

  1. Ashley
    September 19, 2006 at 5:46 pm (11 years ago)

    I am at a loss for words……..

  2. Melissa
    September 19, 2006 at 7:35 pm (11 years ago)

    I wonder if they tried using it before they had it removed 😉 Definately have to tell Doug about this one!

  3. Jennifer
    September 20, 2006 at 4:59 am (11 years ago)


  4. Jen (aka Poot Popper)
    September 20, 2006 at 11:07 am (11 years ago)

    Wow, that decision had to be a hard on… oops, hard onE. Did he have a stiffy… I mean a stiff drink before he asked to have the surgery reversed?

    I guess we know which head he was thinking with on this one… (see men, the one on top works too!!!).

  5. Dia
    September 21, 2006 at 7:05 pm (11 years ago)

    ROFL! I am sorry and no offense meant – but that struck me as weird and strangely funny …. don’t you think they would have thought of various ramifications BEFORE surgery? Thanks for the laugh –


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