There’s really no good reason for testicle transplant. If testosterone is wanting, then injections or a patch can be used. If children are desired, artificial insemination is more effective than testicle transplant. If aesthetics require the “two-ball” look, prosthetics can be inserted. To insert foreign tissue, which requires strong anti-rejection drugs which weaken the immune system, seems foolish.
I suppose a case could be made for a transplant from an identical twin brother.
I would have to strongly disagree with a few of your statements, and not that i am trying to be a jerk or anything i just want to slowly point out and thoroughly explain certain things. -
First off, you say there’s no good reason for testicle transplants, because there is HRT . Right!! right right!, The so called “magically drug” “that replaces Testosterone”. ok don’t get me wrong i am so elated that doc/scientist know how to replace t in the body, but lets be real here big HRT companies like Andro gel make so much money because that’s the only option men have who had their Testicles removed due to a disease or condition or trauma. Its 2011, which means the medical field is advancing soooooooooooo much, why not do Allogeneic Testicular Transplant, it can replace ones hormones very well instead of them always having to buy expensive cream , gel or get pellets or painful injections???( which does not even come close to someone who has Testicles and have regular t Levels, and not to mention it will save them a lot of money. Yes , Yes, Yes eventually they would have to take anti rejection pills, BUT every thing comes with a risk including taking TRT such heart diseases, gaining weight (obesity) osteoporosis ( Bone Lose) mood swings, depression etc etc. For Example, a healthy 20 year old man has to get his testicles removed due to serious injury or accident, he’s athletic no heart problems, strong bones, then all of sudden he gets on HRT and yes his t levels fluctuate as well as his weight, his libido(if he will still have one) and his whole perception of life. Not to mention he cant have kids and he will always feel like he’s different no matter how much support and confidents he has. Testosterone to a man is everything, you lose that and it sucks big time, and it annoys me that people take it so lightly by saying selfish self center things like "why would one want testicle transplants when they can take hrt "? That’s like asking why would you to want to be able to see again when you can have a blind stick and a seeing dog, or why would you want Lumineers when you can have dentures or why would you want breast implants when you can stuff balloons in your bra or Currently as we speak they are building a road from Florida to the Caribbean island, you could ask why would they build a road from Florida to Caribbeans when instead of people driving there, they could fly there!!! I can go on and on and on and on but You get my point??? My point is Once again its 2011 and Its a lot of options out there but not for this field and it should be. Testicular Transplantation( from one human to another) should and can be done, and i guarantee it would cure Hypoganadism way better than HRT, and would definitely put those companies number down ($$$$) BIG TIME!!. I personally think that’s why they don’t want it done, but you know what they say Money talks ,everything else walks.
In conclusion, Scientist should put more research into this and stop using lame excuses like it can be done, because it can be done. Face Transplant was done, a penile transplant was done, a tongue transplant was done, a hand transplant was also done. All very successful, but not practiced enough. Hopefully one day it will happen, in the meantime we can just all pray