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Q of the day – wacky world of medicine

Men, can you read this without holding your johnson? (No, that’s not the Q of the day — that’s at the end).

First penis transplant reversed after two weeks. It was a successful operation from a medical standpoint. The organ was donated by the parents of their 22-year-old son, who was declared brain dead. However the patient — and his wife — requested that it be removed two weeks after the operation because of the psychological impact of this unusual transplant on them.

Both the man and his wife had requested the surgery. He had been unable to have intercourse or urinate properly since the accident that occurred 8 months before the surgery was performed.

Ten days after the operation, which had been approved by the hospital’s medical ethical committee, the recipient had been able to urinate. There had been no signs of the 10-centimeter (4-inch) organ being rejected by the recipient’s body. But Hu said more cases and longer observation are needed to determine whether sexual sensation and function can be restored.

“The patient finally decided to give up the treatment because of the wife’s psychological rejection, as well as the swollen shape of the transplanted penis” Hu added.

For discussion’s sake, an honest question — is this more or less psychologically traumatic than the world’s first face transplant, which made headlines because of all the ethical issues raised by that operation? In either instance, why?

* This is the real extreme makeover

H/t, Holly

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