Successful replantation of amputated penis with adjuvant hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Heidi Wingard Shappell, Mikaela Kislevitz, Gangadasu Reddy, Bardia Amirlak, Alan Morey

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Successful penile replantations are rarely reported in the literature and are associated with significant complications. We present a case of a patient who auto-amputated his penis. Delayed microvascular replantation was performed approximately 14 hours following injury. He was treated with a phosphodiesterase inhibitor postoperatively, and adjuvant hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy was started 58 hours after replantation; 20 treatments at 2.4 atmospheres absolute (ATA), twice daily for eight days, followed by once daily for four days. Perfusion of the replanted penis was serially assessed using fluorescent angiography. With some additional surgical procedures including a split- thickness skin graft to the shaft due to skin necrosis he has made a complete recovery with return of normal urinary and sexual function. This unusual case illustrates the potential benefit of HBO2 therapy in preserving viability of a severed body part. Fluorescent angiography may have potential utility in monitoring efficacy of HBO2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)695-699
Number of pages5
JournalUndersea & hyperbaric medicine : journal of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019


  • fluorescent angiography
  • hyperbaric oxygen
  • hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • penis
  • replantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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