43-year-old Scot gets 8-inch bionic genital

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Plastic surgeons prepare to perform surgery at an operating room in BK Clinic
Surgeons prepare to perform surgery at an operating room in BK Clinic in Seoul August 28, 2007. Reuters

Three years after he started the procedure, 43-year-old Mohammed Abad of Edinburg, Scotland, now has a fully functioning penis. The security guard, whose genital was ripped when he was 6 after he was hit by a car and dragged 600 yards, had the final surgery to have a functioning manhood in July at the University College London.

The New York Times reports that Abad started with surgeons taking a skin graft from his arm from which they grew an 8-inch bionic penis. It was similar to a procedure that South African surgeons performed on a local earlier in 2015.

The doctors then placed two tubes inside the penis. The organ gets an erection when Abad presses a button on his testicles that causes the penis to inflate with fluid. After he has sex, Abad will then press another button to deflate the organ.

With a fully functioning genital, Abad’s dream is to have children which means he has first to find a partner since he is divorced.

Procedures like that done on Abad are rare and expensive. For men whose organs are intact but lack sensation due to a spinal cord injury, or who born with a condition called spina bifida, treatment is on its way.

Gizmondo reports that the TOMAX procedure reroutes a nerve that normally brings sensory information from 50 percent of the glans by attaching it to the nerve that collects sensory data from the skin covering the groin. When the procedure is over, a touch to the glans sends a sensory signal that reaches the man’s brain.

However, the patient would initially interpret the touch as a sensation to the scrotum or inner thighs where the nerve originally collected the signals. After 12 months, the patient will finally start to feel a change in sensation, with the experience moving from ticklish to erotic.

The shift takes place at the brain, according to the fMRI study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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