• From the article you referenced: "The first rudimentary penis transplant was performed in 2006 on a 44-year-old in China, who reportedly soon had it removed at his wife’s behest." I have a lot of questions, but I'm not sure I want to know the answers. Anyway, seems "some doctors" are full of crap. Medicare defines "medical necessity" as "services or items reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of illness or injury or to improve the functioning of a malformed body member." I'm not sure how anyone could interpret that definition to get that conclusion out of this situation...
  • Some women get reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy. Some don't. My neighbor is lopsided if she doesn't wear her prosthetic boob. And neither is necessary imo. But as the article pointed out the psychological trauma could very well lead to thoughts of suicide. I think its important for men to realize the world doesn't revolve around their penis and that there are other things that make life worth living. Intimacy is much more than just sex, and if they had been taught this from childhood maybe they wouldn't think its the end of the world if they loose it. Same as women with their breasts. I'm curious to know if they still have a prostate. I asked my cancer surgeon about bilateral mastectomy with reconstructive surgery and she said it was an option that involved stretching tissue, but that even a bilateral mastectomy doesn't necessarily guarantee breast cancer won't come back. But if it was someone else's breasts I'm not so sure I'd be comfortable with that. I might rather opt for a prosthetic with no chance of transplant rejection or immunization suppression drugs. And really the operation itself is no comparison. In conclusion these two procedures are not even comparable.
    • Archie Bunker
      Well, your statement about the world revolving around our penis is factually inaccurate, Linda. The world does, in fact, revolve around our penis'. I think there was a study done somewhere about that. So I've heard.
    • Archie Bunker
      I think the idea that the penis is just an appendage is clinical thinking. The idea that you can live without it not even comprehensible to some men. I believe it is a large part of a man's psyche and the loss of it can cause major issues. I know that when I was overseas, we all had an agreement with each other.... if we got our balls blown off, we were to let that guy bleed out as opposed to going home without it. It's sometimes that important.

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