Male Surgery

Penis Extension – Is it really worth it?

While they remain highly confidential, surgical procedures to extend the length and thickness of the penis have become more and more popular in the past few years. For more than a decade, plastic and urologic surgeons have performed procedures on healthy men to increase the length and thickness of their penises, specifically for cosmetic purposes. These procedures have, however, stirred a lot controversy because the some of the techniques involved have proven to be unsuccessful. As a result, most people have now come to the realization that penis surgery comes with a lot of risks. Despite the fact that this field of expertise has grown immensely in the recent past, many surgeons are still being taken to court due to failed procedures.

In this article, we will look at some of the risks and downsides of penis surgery:

Safety is not guaranteed

A report by the American Urological Association indicated that the procedures and techniques employed in penile surgery have not been scientifically proven to be effective or safe. As a matter of fact, there is no universal or consistent surgical technique used by the practitioners – most of the procedures are largely experimental. The jury is still out as to whether the potential benefits of the surgery outweigh possible its risks.

The following are some of the defects and complications that may be caused by penile surgery

  • Infection
  • Fibrosis (thickening) of superficial vein of the penis limiting the flow of blood
  • Ecchymosis (bruising)
  • Decrease of penile sensation and activity due to nerve injury.
  • Loss of erect upward angle of the penis, leading to further reconstructive surgery.
  • Keloid scars (A thick scar that may cause a shorter penis). This may also lead to further surgery.
  • Skin incision separation
  • Bleeding
  • Edema (temporary inflammation of the skin)
  • Seroma (collection of serum underneath skin)
  • Erectile dysfunction (problems with erection)

The Procedure is very costly

Penile surgery costs a fortune. In the United States, for instance, the procedure costs between $3,000 and $10,000. Even so, these high prices do not you guarantee you any safety or success; the outcome of the procedure may be totally catastrophic. Conduct a lot of research and self-interrogation before paying for the procedure.

Chances of Improvement are small

Statistics show that approximately 5% of men who have undergone the procedure did not see any changes in either their flaccid or erect penis after the surgery. In most instances, the penis appear longer but only because it has been pulled further away from the body. Depending on the nature of the body of the patient, the penis may extend by 1 inch, 1.5 or 2 inches. But then again, the surgeon cannot accurately predict how far a patient’s penis can extend before the procedure is done. In worst case scenarios, the penis may reduce in when the surgery scar contracts after some time. Additionally, if the suspensory ligaments are interfered with, the angle of the erection can be adversely compromised.


When all is said and done, conduct a lot research and before making any decisions. Familiarize yourself with the potential risks, complications and implications of the surgery. Sexual health experts advice that this procedure ought to be strictly taken as a last resort.


Anthony M. Ewell

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