Episode 2 - 100th Episode of Embarrassing Bodies
When he was just seven years old, Mo was struck by a car. It ran over his genital area and dragged him along for 600 yards, destroying his penis. Mo has had penile reconstructive surgery, or phalloplasty, to allow him to urinate, but his surgically-created penis is ineffective for sex. A total of 100 operations later, Mo wants to think about starting a family but is currently physically unable to have penetrative sex.
In this rare case, Dr Pixie’s only option is to refer Mo to a surgeon with extremely specialised knowledge. Mr Nim Christopher, one of the country’s most knowledgable penis surgeons, performs an examination. He decides that taking flesh from Mo’s arm to create a new penis is the best option. In the words of Mr Nim, “You’ve got a nice big arm, which means we can give you quite a big penis!”
Three major operations are required, the first of which involves removing skin from Mo’s buttocks to replace the flesh that will be harvested from Mo’s forearm. The forearm skin is then rolled up into a cylindrical shape, with an inbuilt urethra created from hairless forearm skin. The new penis then needs to be attached, and future operations will make it look more realistic.
We hope to follow Mo’s journey in future programmes.
The Embarrassing Bodies team would like to thank:
Mr Nim Christopher, Consultant Urologist
Mr David Ralph, Consultant Urologist
University College London Hospital
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