Options for amputees

2012-01-16 11:40

Phalloplasty or penile reconstruction is an operation done to refashion a penis lost through trauma, infection or cancer.

In the case of an amputated penis, a re-attachment is feasible if the amputated part is available and viable, says urologist Dr Patrick Odibike.

The procedure involves the use of a full thickness graft from the forearm to reconstruct the urethra (the canal through which urine and semen are discharged) and the body of the penis.

The surgery is normally done by a team involving a urologist, plastic surgeons and vascular surgeons.

 “There is a lot of experience in this kind of medicine in South Africa but it depends on the area and as you know, people with these capabilities would most likely be in the urban areas,” says Odibike.

If someone is unable to go for surgery, the length of the penile stump is the determining factor in terms of being able to urinate with a straight stream – and without splashing urine on yourself.

Procreation may not be possible if the stump is too short. Stimulation and ejaculation are possible. Testicular functions are not affected but sexual behaviour might be affected due to psychological factors.

“My advice would be to make an effort to seek medical treatment,” says Odibike.

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