Man wearing bandage before penis transplant


Animated video shows how a full penis and scrotum transplant works, horrifies Twitter

Warning: This video is very detailed.


Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Published Apr 23, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 5:43 pm CDT

On Monday afternoon, Johns Hopkins announced that it had successfully performed the first full penis and scrotum transplant ever. It’s an amazing medical achievement, and John Hopkins unveiled news of the transplant on Twitter with a very detailed animated video. Seriously, you see a lot here.

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The video, which is just over 1 minute long, illustrates how the transplant was performed on a military veteran who lost his genitals in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan. The penis and scrotum came from a deceased donor.

Although a couple of other penis transplants have been performed, this is the first one that also transplanted the scrotum and surrounding skin. The hospital noted that the testicles “were not transplanted because it would raise too many ethical questions” regarding the donor’s sperm.

On Twitter, people couldn’t help cracking penis jokes and sharing reactions to watching the John Hopkins’ video.

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Although the surgery was performed last month, the patient—who wants to remain anonymous—is expected to head home this week. Following the surgery, he told the New York Times, “I feel whole again.”

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*First Published: Apr 23, 2018, 3:41 pm CDT