Thai man loses manhood after olive oil injection

BANGKOK - A Thai wanted his penis to be bigger and went to great lengths to get it done. But the 50-year-old found the hard way that getting bigger can lead to untold misery.

The man had olive oil injected into his organ in the hope that it would do wonders for him.

But he was recently diagnosed with penile cancer and sought treatment at Police General Hospital in the capital Bangkok. The doctors had no option but to surgically remove the organ, Bangkok Post reported.

The risky and unproven method using the oil - with beeswax, silicone and even paraffin also often used - is common in Thailand.

The hospital sees about 40 patients a month who are concerned about side effects, AFP reported. The man, who wasn't named, said: "I had olive oil injected into my penis 19 years ago. A friend had done it and told us about it. That friend did injections for me and two others at home."

Three years after the injection, the tip of his penis became infected. He decided to get circumcised, which seemed to cure the problem. However, the infection recurred recently and he was diagnosed with cancer.

Now, he wants his old friends and other men who are considering the olive oil route to think again. "I have lost touch with those friends," he said. "But I don't think they are in any better shape. I am lucky I just lost an organ."

Big operation

Big operation

A spokesman for the hospital, Ms Sirikul Jiaranaikhajorn, said: "This is the biggest (genital) operation we have done as we found cancer.

She said that in general, the two or three patients they treat each week suffer from infections only. There is no evidence that the procedure causes cancer.

Lieutenant-General Jongjate Aojanepong, surgeon-general of the Police General Hospital, said it is a myth that penis injections increase organ size.

He said the olive oil, which cannot be absorbed into the body, causes irritation and the body reacts by building connective tissue which can turn malignant.

The situation has become so dire that the hospital has set up a special unit made up of urinary and cosmetic surgeons to attend to such cases. Psychologists are also provided, the report said.

Said Ms Sirikul: "It only brings bad results - people misunderstand (that it works). A woman will love a man, but not because of his size."

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Treatment for botched penis-enlargement fillers

Treatment for botched penis-enlargement fillers

Police General Hospital has set up a special team to treat patients suffering from complications after undergoing penis-enlargement injections.

Dr Surat Kittisupaporn, a urologist and surgeon, said such fillers caused thick skin, giving the illusion that the penis was larger, and might cause tumours on the sex organ. In most cases patients don't notice it and seek treatment too late.

The shots actually made it more difficult to clean the penis, leading to an increased risk of infection. One patient had such a large tumour that the penis had to be amputated, but the cancer cells still threatened to spread to other parts of the body.

Dr Withoon Nitiwarangkul, a surgery academic, said those getting penis injections could also become impotent. The hospital receives about 30-40 patients a month, especially youngsters, with the youngest at age 18, he said.

Dr Jongjet Aojenpong, director of the hospital, said that getting penis injections in the hope that women would be pleased with the larger size was a misunderstanding and could do great damage.

Men who underwent the injections should consult the hospital's team for early detection of abnormalities and proper treatment, the doctor said.

Information on this section courtesy of The Nation/Asia News Network.