Tuesday, March 17, 2015

UCL Surgeons Successfully Treat 9 Men with Micropenis

UCL surgeons use phalloplasty to treat micropenis in 9 men

In 2004, a team of plastic surgeons from the University College of London (UCL) published a case study of 9 men that they treated for the micropenis condition. The study describes how the doctors successfully used a refined phalloplasty method to achieve significant penis enlargement in all individuals.

As aforementioned, the surgeons operated on a total of 9 men. The youngest individual was 19, whereas the oldest one was 43 years old. All men came from a varied medical background, including:
  • Two with androgen-related issues
  • Three hermaphrodite cases
  • One presented with a severe testosterone deficiency, resulting from chemotherapy
During each operation, the surgeons removed flaps of skin from one of the forearms and shaped them into an artificial penis shaft, measuring 4-5 inches long (approximately 10-12.5 cm). To retain erogenous sensation, the surgeons attached the original penis tip on top the newly created shafts. The surgeons also placed an artificial urethra. Finally, an inflatable penile prosthesis was inserted into each penis, allowing the patients to achieve an erection whenever they wanted.

According to the study, a few months after the operations were conducted, the patients reported the following:
  • Great satisfaction with the final cosmetic appearance of the newly formed penis
  • Four reported that they were able to urinate for the first time without having to sit down
  • Four reported, again for the first time, to have normal sexual intercourse (sex)

The doctors reported that a few complications did arise. In one case, there was a shift in the position of the penile prosthesis and one presented with infection in the operated area. Both complications were successfully addressed with subsequent revisions.

The UCL doctors were very excited with the final outcome of all men. They also said that the operation was life-changing for most (if not all) the operated men, as it allowed them to experience things that otherwise would never have the chance to, with the most important one being sexual intercourse.

My Thoughts
This is another interesting piece of medical literature, showing a promising alternative for treating a micropenis when other methods (like testosterone therapy) have failed. Unfortunately, this technique seems very complicated and probably is too expensive for mainstream adoption. Maybe future advancements in medicine (e.g. in robotic surgery and AI) could help but I wouldn't have high hopes for the foreseeable future...


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References
- The results of the study appeared in the European Society for Sexual Medicine.
- Source: BBC, Monday, 6 December, 2004

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