Penile transplant patient fully recovered in 5 weeks

Doctors who performed the world's first ever successful penile transplant are surprised at the quick recovery.

Doctors who performed the world's first ever successful penile transplant are surprised at the speedy recovery. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Doctors who performed the world's first ever successful penile transplant say they were surpised at how quickly their patient recovered following the procedure.

A team of surgeons from the University of Stellenbosch and Tygerberg Hospital performed the nine hour operation in December.

The 21-year-old man's penis was amputated following a botched circumcision three years ago.

Lead surgeon, professor André van der Merwe says the recipient's transplanted organ to be fully functional in two years' time but the 21-yearold has already made a full recovery in about five weeks.

"In a young guy like him, it had a much better effect than we anticipated and I think that made a big difference."

Head of plastic surgery at Stellenbosch University, professor Frank Graewe, says the successful transplant was a worldwide medical first.

"It's fantastic. It's like a normal organ, basically."

The doctors have been described as pioneers and heroes of the medical field.