Recently quite a bit of international news outlets have announced the success of a 43-year-old Scottish man name Mohammed Abad, receiving a “bionic penis” from surgeons in the UK. But despite various media outlets insinuating the procedure is the first of its kind, doctors say this procedure is nothing new; it requires a urologist to implant a penile prosthesis into patients’ penis who have erectile dysfunction. In fact, the surgery has been performed in the Caribbean and Latin America many times before.
In a 2011 article “Hope for men suffering from erectile dysfunction” by Vernon Davidson, Jamaican Urologist Dr. Belinda Morrison of UHWI revealed in her interview that although not a common procedure- these penile implants have been going on for a while. Dr. Morrison often does the procedures on sickle-cell patients with priapism and she doesn’t charge a surgeons fee so as to make the procedure affordable.
In the British Virgin Islands the first penile prosthesis to be implanted was done on June 20, 2013 by Dr. Dwayne Thwaites at the Bougainvillea Clinic. “In fact, this operation was the second part of a double procedure on this patient, as Dr. Thwaites first implanted an artificial urethral sphincter to control urinary incontinence. Both the erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence developed as a complication of a radical Prostatectomy done elsewhere by another surgeon several years ago, to cure cancer of the prostate.”
How does it work? The prosthesis simulates a natural erection and allows the male’s partner to experience pleasure during sexual intercourse. However the patient won’t experience pleasure from the intercourse but pleasure from knowing they can satisfy their partner.
The commonly used 3-piece inflatable penile prosthesis consists of two attached inflatable cylinders — a reservoir and a pump — which are placed surgically in the body. The two cylinders are inserted in the penis and connected by tubing to a separate reservoir of fluid. The reservoir is implanted under the groin muscles. A pump is also connected to the system and sits under the loose skin of the scrotal sac, between the testicles.
Just one more thing to note: Doctors constructed the skin of the penis that covers the inflatable cylinders in Mohammed Abad using skin grafts. Abad lost his penis and a testicle during a car accident.
Blogged by: Gabrielle Beckford