World’s first successful penis transplant performed By Yaron Steinbuch March 13, 2015 | 12:50pm Surgeons in South Africa have performed the world’s first successful penis transplant – a nine-hour operation on a 21-year-old whose organ was amputated three years ago after a botched circumcision. The man – whose identity wasn’t disclosed – had his equipment upgraded in Cape Town on Dec. 11 and has already regained all functions, in far less than the expected two years, Sky News reported. “We are very surprised by his rapid recovery,” said Professor Andre van der Merwe, who led the surgery. The delicate transplant was planned for five years at Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital and announced Friday. The penis’ previous owner was a deceased person who donated his organs for transplant, Reuters reported. “It’s a massive breakthrough. We’ve proved that it can be done – we can give someone an organ that is just as good as the one that he had,” van der Merwe said, Sky News reported. “There is a greater need in South Africa for this type of procedure than elsewhere in the world, as many young men lose their penises every year due to complications from traditional circumcision.” Thousands of young men, mainly from South Africa’s Xhosa tribe, have their foreskins removed each year in traditional rituals. About 250 penises are amputated a year due to complications, Reuters reported.