SA Transplant Patient’s Penis Fully Functional

The 21-year-old man who underwent the world’s first ever successful penis transplant is doing well, however doctors say the nerves will take years to recover.

The man who lost his penis following a botched circumcision received the penis from a donor.

The nine hour operation led by Prof André van der Merwe was performed by team of surgeons from the Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital in Bellville, Cape Town in December last year.

The procedure was part of a pilot study to develop a penile transplant procedure that could be performed in a typical South African hospital theatre setting.  

The world’s ever penis transplant was performed in China in 2006, but was unsuccessful.

Speaking to SABC Digital News, Hospital’s head of plastic reconstructive surgery division, Professor Frank Graewe says the penis is fully functional.

There is a slight difference in skin tone but there is not a big difference

“He is doing very well. The penis is healthy. He can get an erection, basically at this stage the penis is fully functional. It’s amazing to see. He reports to have good intercourse on a weekly basis.”

“He has a good blood supply, he can get erections, and cosmetically it looks like a normal penis. So I think it is basically healthy besides the recovery of the nerve which rakes a long time to heal, it can take up years,” He says.

Graewe says the skin colour of the penis is similar to the patients.

“You know sometimes you get small nuances, it looks similar, there is a slight difference in skin tone but there is not a big difference. He likes his new penis. He looks very happy.”