Saturday, November 30, 2013

Phalloplasty: Frequently asked questions

In previous posts, I have mentioned that phalloplasty has evolved a lot in the past decade and has turned into a viable option for men seeking to enlarge their penis. There are many different techniques and approaches that can be employed during a phalloplasty for penis enlargement.

Generally, the current phalloplasty techniques fall under the following categories:
  • Techniques for penis lengthening
  • Techniques that increase penile girth
  • Techniques that increase the size of the glans

Many times, a surgeon will use a combination of the above techniques to achieve the results required by the patient. Please note that phalloplasty for a micropenis is a whole different thing, that actually resembles the  techniques applied to female to male transgenders. This is because the gains acquired by a typical phalloplasty are limited. A micropenis sufferer requires “drastic measures” if he is to achieve a normal-sized penis.

In short, a phalloplasty for micropenis may require the penis to be de-attached and reattached, after constructing a new penis using various materials. Please visit the first two links at the bottom, if you want to learn more about phalloplasty for men with a micropenis.

Purpose of this article is to cover some of the most frequently asked questions men have about phalloplasty. Let’s begin:
How long does a phalloplasty take? Usually, a a phalloplasty for penis lengthening takes 1 hour while penile widening takes 2 hours

What type of anesthesia is used? In most cases the patient is fully sedated and “asleep” during the whole operation (general anaesthesia)

Is there a lot of pain following a phalloplasty? The majority of patients report mild to moderate pain during the first days post-op. Pain levels can be controlled using pain relievers (e.g. Vicodin)

When can I work again? Most people with jobs requiring little physical work are allowed to return 2-5 days post op. Patients with a job requiring a lot of physical activity (e.g. construction workers) can usually return after 1 to 2 weeks.

I am circumcised. Can I have a phalloplasty? Does it matter if I'm not circumcised? Yes, you can.

Can I have multiple penis enlargement procedures performed together? Yes, you can have multiple penis enlargement procedures simultaneously. For example, you can have both both penis lengthening and widening during the same operation.  

What are the risks of penis lengthening surgery? Some very rare but worth mentioning complications following a phalloplasty include infection, keloid scarring, penis shortening, erectile dysfunction, or decrease in penis sensation.

Are the results of phalloplasty permanent? Yes and no. The results from penis lengthening and widening are usually permanent, while glans penis enlargement is expected to last up to 2 years. 

Will my insurance cover my phalloplasty? In most cases phalloplasty is considered to be cosmetic surgery and thus is not covered by insurance. However, the operation may be covered if you have a congenital deformity like micropenis.

How much does phalloplasty cost? Tough question to answer as it depends on the technique, doctor, area you live etc. In the US, expect to pay anywhere from 5.000 to 10.000 $ for a "basic" phalloplasty.

Got anymore questions? Leave a comment and I will be right back

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