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Penis transplants for US soldiers injured by bomb blasts will begin 'within months'

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 07/12/2015 | 11:53

The John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore where the pioneering surgery will be carried out.
Credit: Getty Images
The John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore where the pioneering surgery will be carried out. Credit: Getty Images

The first American soldier to receive a penis transplant will have his surgery within the next few months, the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore has announced.

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An estimated 1,367 US soldiers received serious wounds to their genitals during overseas combat missions.

Doctors at the Baltimore based hospital say that they hope the pioneering operation could eventually restore the injured soldiers ability to have sex, the New York Times reports.

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Referred to as 'genitourinary injuries', doctors say they have become increasingly common in recent years due to the use of ‘improvised explosive devices’ or IEDs in combat.

"These genitourinary injuries are not things we hear about or read about very often.

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"I think one would agree it is as devastating as anything that our wounded warriors suffer, for a young man to come home in his early 20s with the pelvic area completely destroyed," Dr. W. P. Andrew Lee of Johns Hopkins told Metro.co.uk.

The surgery is considered 'experimental' in nature, and Dr Lee says patients should not imagine ‘they can regain it all’ immediately.

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