If you’ve been researching penis enlargement surgery, there’s a fair chance that you may have encountered the case of the 30-year-old Swedish man who died in July of 2017.
Online, there’s been a lot of conjecture about the cause of his death as well as the risks of this type of surgery.
With it being the first case in thousands of operations of this nature where someone has died, it’s worthwhile exploring deeper to help uncover the truth to help men decide if it’s the right type of operation for them.
Through the proliferation of adult films over the last 30 years, men around the world have become much more aware of the size of their penises.
This has led to a trend towards methods of penis enlargement ranging from the absurd to the dangerous.
Of course, surgeons found a way to throw their hat in the ring and earn some money from this trend through a procedure known as penoplasty.
During this operation, two procedures are carried out. One involves the lengthening of the penis by severing a ligament at the pubic bone. The other involves the increase of girth by injection of fatty tissue into the penis itself.
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In the case of the Swedish man, his autopsy found that he had no pre-existing health conditions that would indicate that he was particularly susceptible to complications.
Therefore, it was down to the procedure itself that caused his death.
The case report, found that the problem was ‘Fatal Fat Embolism’.
This is where fat enters the bloodstream via a vein which results in blockage, resulting in a heart attack.
During the penile elongation procedure, the surgeon has most likely cut into one of the veins, opening up the possibility for foreign bodies to enter. Following this, the girth enlargement procedure’s fatty injection is likely to have leaked into the vein and resulted in contamination.
With around 2 ounces of fatty cells being injected, there was a high risk of complication.
In the case report, it was noted that fat embolism is a “rare, but feared complication” of liposuction and is more common after a traumatic event such as a long bone fracture or orthopaedic surgery (such as spinal surgery or hip replacement).
However, it was noted that because of the pre-traumatized tissue in the region, there was a higher risk.
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