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In a first Afghanistan war veteran receives penis transplant
A US army veteran fell victim to an IED blast and lost his genitals but now a team of doctors has reconstructed his penis and scrotum using transplantation.

The transplant by a team of doctors of John Hopkins University have thus created history as this is the first such transplant in which a man's penis has been transplanted.

But it wasn't an easy procedure. To make the surgery successful, it took a team of 11 surgeons 14 hours, after which they were able to transplant the man's penis.

In the blast, the soldier had lost his testicles as well. But the same could not be transplanted keeping in mind the ethical concerns. The doctors have also said that it will take at least six more months for the patient to regain feelings in his organ post the acceptance of the transplanted organ. The patient, who has requested to remain anonymous is a resident of New England and had suffered injuries in Afghanistan.

"This type of transplant, where a body part or tissue is transferred from one individual to another, is called vascularized composite allotransplantation. The surgery involves transplanting skin, muscles and tendons, nerves, bone and blood vessels. As with any transplant surgery, tissue rejection is a concern. The patient is put on a regimen of immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection. Lee's team has developed an immune modulation protocol aimed at minimizing the number of these drugs needed to prevent rejection," the hospital said in a press release.

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