Penis enlargement surgeries aren’t just the things of pop-up ads. They’re a very real procedures and a study has stated that not only are they ‘risky,’ but they don’t work.
Research revealed today (14 May) that the operation should almost never be carried out, and that ‘charlatans’ are exploiting vulnerable men.
Moreover, there is ‘scant’ evidence that the range of procedures men undergo in a bid to enlarge their penis actually result in discernible differences.
What does the research say?
Research that rules in the procedure’s favor is ‘lacking,’ and what does purport to support it of ‘low-quality,’ according to the study.
Furthermore, the available treatments carry a range of high risk complications, including permanent numbness.
The team rifled through 17 studies, assessing 21 interventions across the 1,192 men screened from Britain and beyond. From the evidence available to the team of British researchers, they concluded that most men who undergo the procedure are dissatisfied with the result.
Not only that, but, when provided, counselling was far more effective, ‘with the majority of men coming to understand that their penis was normal,’ the abstract read.
‘[The review] found overall treatment outcomes were poor, with low satisfaction rates and significant risk of major complications, including penile deformity, shortening, and erectile dysfunction,’ authors said.
‘Man ends up with a penis that is disfigured’
The findings are outlined in a new paper in the Sexual Medicine Reviews journal reporting an analysis by Gordon Muir, a urologist at King’s College hospital in London, and researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London.
‘These procedures should almost never be done,’ said Muir. ‘They can cost up to £30,000 [$38,729.85] or even £40,000 [$51,639.80], often the man ends up with a penis that is disfigured.
‘There is no more than 20% satisfaction rates with these procedures.’
What types of procedures are there?
There are two common treatments available. One involves clinicians injecting dermal fillers into the penis, while the other is an operation called suspensory ligament incision.
This sees a surgeon make a cut above the penis and divides the ligament that anchors it.
Such procedures are typically not covered by public health programs or health insurance. Unless it is for a clinical rather than cosmetic reason, such as repairing the body after a trauma.
As a result, they’re often carried out by private health providers. Yet, penile extension operations invovle simple strategies which the NHS is paid £3,000 [$3,872.98] to do. However, private clinics charge more than ten times that.
Muir hit out against such practises as a ‘bunch of charlatans out there preying on these vulnerable men.’