The first penis transplants in the U.S. will soon help heal wounded veterans

(WASHINGTON PRESS)  December 7, 2015 — Only one successful surgery has ever been reported worldwide.

Johns Hopkins University will soon perform the first penis transplants in the United States — and wounded soldiers will be the first patients.  that the first surgery could occur in just a few months.

News of penis transplants might send the uninformed into fits of giggles, but the procedure — which has been successfully completed in South Africa — is serious business. In South Africa, the procedure is being perfected with an eye toward , which are common in the Xhosa tribe.


In the United States, circumcision after infancy (and the injuries that often come with it) is admittedly less common. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a need for penis transplants: The Department of Defense Trauma Registry reports that 1,367 military servicemen sustained injuries to the genitals between 2011 and 2013 in Iraq and Afghanistan alone.