Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Obscure News of the Day

First penis transplant reversed after two weeksOperation successful, but recipient suffered 'severe psychological problem'http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14905485/

Man with 10-year erection may not get his cash
Judge dismisses handyman's claim against maker of glitchy penis implanthttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15018869/

Do I have your attention? These are both actual headlines I found on msnbc.com today. I am just wondering whether anyone has thought to introduce these men to each other. The first one suffered some secret accident that chopped off his penis. Because he was unable to urinate or have normal sexual relations, he underwent a transplant. After the surgery he was able to urinate normally, but he and his wife both apparently had some visceral reaction to the physical appearance of his new appendage such that they requested a reversal of the procedure after only fourteen days. Perhaps someone should have contacted John Wayne Bobbitt and asked him to share his experiences with penile reconstruction with the couple to give them a realistic idea of the recovery period. I can’t imagine how disturbed someone has to be to ask to have their penis cut off a second time.

The second man underwent surgery at the age of 58 to have a plastic and metal penile implant that would allow him to mechanically control his erections at will. Unfortunately, the implant did not work as planned and he has since been unable to “relax”. He states that he has had physical pain and suffered psychological humiliation (forget asking anyone to dance!) for the past ten years. When at first I wondered why he did not simply have the implant removed, I came upon the other headline (yes, they are out of order above). Perhaps undergoing surgery on one’s penis is more frightening than the prospect of living out your life with a permanent erection. Either way, it may be that medical advances are not always all they are cracked up to be, especially when they involve “elective” surgery.

For the record, my husband, bless his heart, is convinced that anyone who undergoes any kind of surgery on a voluntary basis may be nuts.


Jenny Rough said...

Must be nuts? Absolutely. A perfect word choice.

Michelle O'Neil said...

As a nurse whose responsiblity it was to "assist" the doctors in curcumcisions,(I didn't last long) don't get me started on penis surgeries. At least these men, I'm sure, had pain relief. This is more than I can say for the baby boys undergoing MD sanctioned torture in our hospitals every day. Most of the time the parents are blissfully clueless or "electively unconscious" about what is happening to their sons during these excruciating painful cosmetic surgeries.

Ahem....I'm okay now. Sorry to get off the point!

When I hear penis and surgery I have flashbacks!

Miss Devylish said...

Ew.. I'm w/ S.

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Now it's time to get on my high horse about the fact that insurance covers Viagra, but not birth control! Grrrrrr....

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