How to Replace a Severed Penis

Getting 'Bobbitted' isn't the end of your sex life
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 14, 2011 12:10 PM CDT
Updated Jul 17, 2011 4:15 PM CDT
This image provided by the Orange County District Attorney's office shows a booking photo of Catherine Kieu Becker, who allegedly cut off her husband's penis and stuck it in the garbage disposal.   (AP Photo/Orange County District Attorney)

(Newser) – Note to guys: If your penis is ever chopped off, never fear. You can get a new one—and it'll still work, MyHealthNewsDaily reports. The ideal solution, says a doctor, is to reattach the original equipment. But if it’s been, say, put through a garbage disposal, as the penis of Catherine Kieu Becker’s husband reportedly was, it can be replaced using a muscle graft, usually from the thigh or forearm. The graft is then covered with skin from elsewhere on the body.

The new penis might not “look like the real thing,” says a doctor, but it would still work: The man in question can still have an erection and even an orgasm, since the necessary nerves remain in place. Ejaculating, however, becomes impossible. Urinating is another matter. If the urethra—the tube linking the bladder and penis—has been cut, then doctors usually build a new one under the scrotum. That means peeing sitting down.

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