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If you’ve ever considered getting a penis enlargement surgery, you might want to read this story of an unnamed 30-year-old man in Stockholm, Sweden who reportedly died on the operating room table while getting such a procedure.
How did his penis enlargement surgery go wrong?
The Journal of Forensic Sciences explains that, except for mild asthma, the patient was 6 feet tall, weighed 183 pounds and was otherwise healthy. His penis enlargement involved an “autologous fat transfer,” a procedure where fat gets liposuctioned from one part of the body (in this case, his lower abdomen) and then injected back elsewhere (in this case, his penis, to increase its length and girth).
But as doctors made an incision at the base of the penis and tried to inject “two fluid ounces of his own fat cells” back into his shaft, “the man’s heart began racing, his oxygen levels dropped, and his blood pressure plunged,” says Buzzfeed. Within 30 minutes he had a heart attack and subsequently died less than two hours later, even though doctors tried CPR and transported him immediately to the emergency room.
Some fat had apparently entered his bloodstream, travelled to his lungs and ruptured his blood vessels there, something called a “pulmonary fat embolism,” killing him.
How common is penis enlargement surgery?
An estimated 8,400 people have penis enlargement surgeries every year, and although death from these procedures is rare, the American Urological Association says that penile enlargement surgeries have “not been shown to be safe or efficacious.”
Furthermore, Men’s Health reports that “a 2017 scientific review … showed that ‘the majority of men seeking penile elongation treatment have a normal penile size, which is functionally adequate,'” and that most patients end up seeking the surgery because they suffer “from body dysmorphic disorder and cannot accurately see their bodies.”
Urologist Tobias Kohler, of the Mayo Clinic, told Buzzfeed that penile enlargement surgeries can lead to “disfigurement … permanent erectile disfunction [or] even worse.”
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