Trinity J. Bivalacqua, MD, PhD, presented “Path to the First Penoscrotal Transplant: Pre-Clinical Studies that Led to Penile Allotransplantation” during the 40th Annual Ralph E. Hopkins Urology Seminar on February 5th, 2020 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

How to cite: Bivalacqua, Trinity J. “Path to the First Penoscrotal Transplant: Pre-Clinical Studies that Led to Penile Allotransplantation” February 5th, 2020. Accessed Jun 2020. https://grandroundsinurology.com/path-to-the-first-penoscrotal-transplant-pre-clinical-studies-that-led-to-penile-allotransplantation/

Path to the First Penoscrotal Transplant: Pre-Clinical Studies that Led to Penile Allotransplantation – Summary:

Trinity J. Bivalacqua, MD, PhD, Director of Urologic Oncology at the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute of Johns Hopkins Medicine, discusses the groundbreaking penoscrotal implant surgery performed by a multidisciplinary team at Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2018. He explains their rationale for performing a procedure that many consider dangerous and unnecessary, saying that patients have a right to be normal and to decide on their own fate, and noting that they discussed the surgery with their patient, a military vet who lost his phallus from a blast injury, for years before operating. Dr. Bivalacqua goes on to summarize the pre-clinical cadaveric and ex vivo studies conducted before the procedure, emphasizing the important developments in increasing transplant tolerance and improvements in vascularizing penile allografts. He concludes by saying that the surgery was successful and thus far the graft has not shown rejection, but he notes that the procedure’s utility in clinical practice remains unknown.

About The 40th Annual Ralph E. Hopkins Urology Seminar:

The Ralph E. Hopkins Urology Seminar is a multi-day meeting focused on training urologists in the latest in assessing, diagnosing, and treating urologic conditions in the clinical setting. Updates are provided on urologic cancers, stone disease, urologic reconstruction, female urology, infertility, emerging surgical techniques, and general urology. Dr. Bivalacqua presented this lecture during the 40th iteration of the meeting on February 5th, 2020 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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