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.
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.