Penis enlargement gone wrong: Eye-watering stories of men following ‘Frankenstein’ surgery
Matt was just one of dozens of men who were dissatisfied with his penis and sought genital enhancement surgery as a solution.
But his dream treatment turned into a painful demise, and the 46-year-old told MailOnline that he felt like a “broomstick” had been implanted in his now deformed penis.
In the end, the Utah military veteran would have to pay around £250,000 to have the left ‘Frankenstein’ surgery corrected.
And he’s not the only one. Dozens of other men seek similarly dangerous treatments in pursuit of the perfect penis, driven by feelings of insecurity about their appearance or inadequacy in the bedroom.
For some, the mission to have a longer, thicker or more aesthetically pleasing organ has failed.
Clinics that specialize in such procedures have a menu of treatments for men looking for a bigger package to choose from
Matt, 46, from Utah, paid £12,500 for a Penuma implant that he claims caused him excruciating pain and had it removed five months later
Another man described how silicone implant fractures were found in his shaft just five years after his surgery.
Clinics that specialize in such procedures have a menu of treatments for men looking for a bigger package to choose from.
One option, called the Penuma implant, is a silicone structure that is surgically inserted into the penis, similar to some breast implants.
Other treatments include cutting an internal ligament in the groin area to make the penis appear longer – while others inject substances such as collagen gel and hyaluronic acid to make their penis thicker.
Industry experts saw an explosion in post-pandemic penis enlargement surgeries that they claim is linked to increased porn consumption and WFH policies that allow patients to recover peacefully at home.
What are the different penis enlargement procedures
There are typically three different types of penis enlargement procedures available to Britons.
Injections for penis enlargement: £1,000 – £2,500
Non-surgical penoplasty involves injecting hyaluronic acid or collagen into the penis to make it thicker and longer.
The recommended safe amount is between 10 and 15 ml, which can increase girth by 15 percent.
Surgery for Girth Enlargement: £2,500 – £6,000+
Fat from other parts of the body is transplanted into the penis to dilate it.
Surgeons can also place implants in the penis to make it wider when it is flaccid and erect.
This surgery can widen the girth by 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) to 1.31 inches (3.35 cm)
Length Increase Surgery: £2,5000 – £6,000+
This only lengthens a flaccid penis, not an erect one.
A surgeon cuts the suspensory ligament that attaches the penis to the pubic bone. This lowers the angle of the penis, making it longer when flaccid.
This usually lengthens the penis by 0.25 inches (0.65 cm) to 0.7 inches (1.8 cm).
It’s not just about the size. Some men, like Matt, are just looking for a more aesthetically pleasing penis.
After being unhappy with a slight left turn, the 46-year-old thought a £12,500 implant would solve all his genital problems.
The Utah military veteran suffered “devastating” damage after the procedure failed in September 2019.
He has since had to shell out more than £250,000 for further procedures to regain his ‘masculinity’, with the Penuma device removed five months later.
Matt, who declined to share his last name, claimed his girlfriend said his penis “felt like a steak knife afterwards when he had sex.”
He said it made his penis more “deformed” and made him feel like “Frankenstein’s monster,” in excruciating pain with nowhere to go.
“It felt like a broomstick had been implanted in my penis,” he told MailOnline.
“I walked up and down my apartment every night in pain.
“You don’t feel like you can have a sexual or intimate partner or experience with the one you love.
“You feel distant, you feel isolated, you feel utterly lonely.”
He said that after the surgery his swelling and pain did not go away and he felt it getting worse every day as the weeks passed.
Matt said the swelling got so bad that his girlfriend, who is a registered nurse, was forced to drain 230 ml of fluid from his swollen penis.
But his problems didn’t stop after the implant disappeared.
Matt said scar tissue had formed over his penis as a result of the procedure, constricting blood flow and preventing it from stretching and expanding during an erection. It also left him in agony.
This prompted him to “fly around the world” to find a reconstructive surgeon who could help him.
After a horrific ordeal, Matt said his penis now looks “OK” and has achieved its original goal of eliminating the curvature.
Unlike Matt, Emmanuel Jackson didn’t pay to get a bigger penis. Instead, he won free surgery in 2013.
Matt, who declined to share his last name, claimed his girlfriend said his penis “felt like a steak knife afterwards when he had sex”
What is a Penuma Implant?
The Penuma implant is only available in the US.
It is a soft medical grade c-shaped silicone that is inserted into the penis to correct a roundness or enlarge a buried penis.
A patient is put under general anesthesia while the surgeon makes a small incision above the base of the penis.
The implant is then inserted through the incision along the shaft of the penis.
At this point, the surgical implant is shaped to fit the shape of the patient.
Once in place, the Penuma is secured with small sutures.
A patient must be circumcised before undergoing the procedure and smokers must quit months in advance.
The implant is 270 degrees and wraps around the shaft avoiding the urethra.
Surgery usually takes about an hour, but aftercare can take months.
Patients are told not to have sex until their doctor has given permission to do so, which is at least six to eight weeks after surgery.
But ecstasy turned to pain after the ex-model, then 26 years old, was reportedly left with fractures of his silicone implant in his penis.
For five years he reported no problems. But in 2018, Cleveland Clinic medics told him his implant had broken into pieces that floated under his skin.
Such extreme pain even drove Emmanuel to commit suicide, according to ProPublica.
Penuma implants can have dangerous side effects, experts say. A surgeon warned that they can become infected and kill the skin around the penis.
Professor Amr Raheem from International Andrology said: ‘In severe cases of infection, necrosis or death of the skin of the penis covering the implant can occur.
“This is a serious complication that requires immediate attention and likely removal of the implant to control the infection and prevent further tissue damage.”
He added that those who want a longer penis from the implant may ironically meet the opposite fate — depending on how it heals.
Called retraction, this sees tissue around the penis contract as it forms scars during the healing process of the incision.
Penuma implants are the only penile implant surgery approved by the FDA and they are only available in the US.
MailOnline has approached Penuma for a response.
According to the NHS, around 45 per cent of men in the UK are unhappy with their penis size.
The health department says the average size of an adult penis is 3 to 4 inches when flaccid, and between 6 and 7 inches when erect.
There are two different types of penis enlargement procedures available on the NHS and they include lengthening and widening.
But only men with a micropenis — an organ less than 2.8 inches — are eligible.
Micropenis usually develop in the womb from a hormonal or genetic disorder and are usually diagnosed shortly after birth.