There are among other surgical procedures, penis transplants in the cards for wounded troops.
Soon enough many new surgical attempts will be made such as penile transplants. This is because troops in battle often incur injuries in the unlikeliest of places such as the urogenital region.
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The organ will probably come from someone who has passed away. And it will be carefully grafted onto the genitals of a soldier who lost his organ of reproduction while bravely fighting in the war. Within months, the penis is expected to start functioning by urinating and feeling pleasure and the man may even have sex with it if he likes.
In the past decade and a half, more than 1367 men suffered wounds to their genitals in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. They were all less than 35 years of age and suffered as a result of makeshift bombs within whose vicinity they happened to be.
Some of them lost nearly all of their penis and testicles in the process. This was a tragedy of the highest order. While missing limbs have prosthetics to take their place, missing reproductive organs are another dimension on the injury list altogether.
The sense of shame, embarrassment and awkwardness associated with this sort of trauma simply cannot be described in words. Therefore science came to the rescue and something was done about the situation.
This is not something mentioned by the soldiers with the wounds. The suffering warriors chose to remain silent about their misery and feelings of impotence. Up until now two other penile transplants have occurred. One was in China and was a failure. But the other one was in South Africa and was a success. Thus there is hope for the future.
The transplant is still in its experimental stage. By now the surgeons have been given the go-ahead signal by the authorities to perform at least 60 such transplants. The outcome of each one will be carefully noted down.
Among the risk factors may be included: bleeding, infection and chances of cancer due to graft rejection. While this procedure is revolutionary, the patients ought not get their hopes too high just yet.
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The most they can expect is to be able to father children. They will probably never become virile supermen that have sex each and every day of their lives. Such expectations are just plain unrealistic.