Pitfalls of Penile Surgery

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While the average penis size is said to be between 5.5 and 6.5 inches in length, a condition called micropenis is when the penis is less than 2 ¾ inches in length when erect.

This condition has contributed to a huge increase in men opting for penis enlargement surgery or phalloplasty. Penis enlargement surgery is primarily a cosmetic procedure used to increase the size of the flaccid penis and does not increase erect length and girth.

Thousands of men have decided to have some form of penis enlargement surgery (not just for micropenis, sometimes just to make a an average penis bigger). Recent surveys suggest that up to 50 percent of men would consider having penis surgery to make their penis appear larger.

Before rushing in to something this serious it should be noted that there are still quite a few penile surgery risks. Medicine is evolving incredibly fast but it is by no means risk-free – there is various tissue, ligaments and blood vessels that can be easily damaged and can suffer irreparable damage during surgery.

Apparently, the most effective procedure is one in which the girth of the penis is increased. For this procedure, fat tissue is removed from one part of the body and then injected into the shaft of the penis for a wider appearance. This can lead to complications as the fat can dissipate and/or move around which can create a “lumpy” penis.

In penis lengthening surgery, the surgeon cuts the suspensory ligament which connects the penile tissue to the pelvis, which causes the flaccid penis to drop further down making it appear longer. While this method makes the penis appear longer it actually hasn’t become any larger.

While there are some surgeons that choose to carry out both procedures simultaneously, others would rather do them in phases. While there are penile surgery risks it is also incredibly expensive. Lengthening surgery can range anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. Surgery that increases the girth of the penis tends to cost more. When both surgeries are performed simultaneously the price can easily top $20,000.

The number of men who are satisfied with their penile surgery can vary greatly but a 2006 study conducted by European Urology discovered that on average, only 35% of men were happy with the results (which is often less than an inch in length but slightly more for width).

As we stated before, there are penile surgery risks and it should not be considered lightly. Possible side effects can include scarring, infection, ill-shapen erection, loss of feeling, impotence and, in severe cases, an permanent inability to gain an erection. In another study of men who underwent the procedure, 25% had some type of complication.

Given the price, possible complications amd overall penile surgery risks involved it is a relatively ineffective way of increasing the size of the penis. As medicine advances, surgical options may become more and more viable but at this time they are not particularly great.

That’s not to say that all male enhancement methods do not work. Recent studies have been published in the British Journal of Urology that seem to indicate that penis extenders (penis stretchers) could increase the length and girth of the penis, which is far less risky than surgery. Other alternatives that can have great results are male enhancement patches, pills and penis exercises.