Surgeons in Boston have completed the first successful genitourinary reconstructive transplant, Massachusetts General Hospital has announced today, otherwise known as sewing a dude’s dick back on. The procedure rockets the appendage in question to the top of the most famous Boston penises list, just below Steven Tyler and right above Ben Affleck.
The 15-hour operation, which took place earlier this month, involved surgically grafting the complex microscopic vascular and neural structures of a donor organ onto the comparable structures of the recipient.
The patient, Thomas Manning, 64, of Halifax, Mass, continues to recover well, with blood flow established to the donor organ and no signs of bleeding, rejection or infection. While the patient is still early in the post-surgical healing process, his physicians say they are cautiously optimistic he will regain function that he lost in 2012 when a diagnosis of penile cancer led him to undergo a curative partial penectomy – or amputation of the penis.
“We are hopeful that these reconstructive techniques will allow us to alleviate the suffering and despair of those who have experienced devastating genitourinary injuries and are often so despondent they consider taking their own lives,” said Curtis Cetrulo, one of the surgeons, explained in a statement.
“Today I begin a new chapter filled with personal hope and hope for others who have suffered genital injuries, particularly for our service members who put their lives on the line and suffer serious damage as a result,” Manning said in his own statement. “In sharing this success with all of you, it’s my hope we can usher in a bright future for this type of transplantation.”