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Hopkins makes the case for penis transplants

Hopkins makes the case for penis transplants

When servicemen back from Iraq and Afghanistan with grievous groin injuries asked about penis transplants, doctors had to tell them it wasn't possible. That gnawed at Johns Hopkins Hospital surgeons who were performing penis reconstruction surgery, but only when injuries left enough tissue on the arms, legs or backs to use for the procedure.

With other successful transplants of limbs and the men's sacrifices on their minds, the surgeons organized a team about five years ago to study the organ so central to male identity and to devise a penis transplant procedure.

The surgeons are now ready to perform the first penis transplant in the United States. They and their first...