DURING YOUR CONSULTATION WITH ME IN MY OFFICE
I WILL DISCUSS AND PUT INTO PERSPECTIVE THE FOLLOWING ISSUES AS THEY RELATE
TO MY SURGICAL TECHNIQUES.
The frequency of complications is not known
because there are no large-scale studies reported in the medical literature.
Consequently, some physicians consider these procedures to be experimental
The following complications from penile
lengthening and Allograft Dermal
Matrix Graft (Alloderm ®) widening are theoretically possible:
- Loss of erect upward angle of the penis.
This has occurred in one of my patients.
- Keloid scars (a thick scar). This is
unusual but can often be treated by injections of medication.
- Scarring causing a shorter penis. I have
never seen lasting shortness in my patients who use a penile stretching
- Absorption of the Allograft Dermal
Matrix Graft (Alloderm ®) with loss of thickness. I have seen one patient
who had partial absorption and some loss of thickness.
- Contracture of the Allograft Dermal
Matrix Graft (Alloderm ®). I have seen one patient with partial contracture
of the graft.
- Failure of the Allograft Dermal
Matrix Graft (Alloderm ®) to "take". This has not occurred any of my patients.
- Skin incision separation. I have seen
slight temporary skin incision separation in a few of my patients.
- Loss of some penile skin. This rarely
- Bleeding. I have seen one patient with
a collection of blood under the skin that was easily managed.
- Fibrosis of superficial vein. This rarely
occurs and usually resolves by itself.
- Infection. I have seen one patient who
developed an infection and lost the graft and one patient who lost part
of the graft.
- Ecchymosis (bruising). This occasionally
occurs and resolves by itself.
- Nerve injury resulting in decrease of
penile sensation. This has not occurred in any of my patients.
- Edema (temporary swelling of the skin).
I have occasionally seen this in my patients.
- Seroma (collection of serum under skin).
This has not occurred in any of my patients.
- Erectile dysfunction (difficulty with
erection). This has not occurred in any of my patients.
If some of these complications
occur, further surgery may be required.
Also review Frequently
Asked Questions about penile enlargement surgery (phalloplasty).