Dangers Of Surgical Penile Enlargement

Phalloplasty presents the classic risks associated with any surgical procedure (generic risks), plus a series of risks characteristic of it (specific risks).

  • Generic risks include:
  • Excessive bleeding during surgery;
  • Development of an infection at the surgical incision;
  • Deep venous thrombosis;
  • Adverse reaction to anesthetics;
  • Formation of dangerous blood clots.

Specific risks include:

  • Urethral fistula;
  • Urethral stricture;
  • Necrosis of the transplanted skin flap;
  • Damage to the bladder or rectum;
  • Absence of nervous sensitivity.

The patients most at risk of complications are those subjected to phalloplasty due to the change of sex, therefore female patients, due to the complexity of the intervention.

Scar improperly treated

To complete the suspensory ligament surgery it is necessary to apply a cut to extract towards the outside the portion of penis that is not visible.

If the scar becomes too large and is not treated properly or a trusted specialist is not used who can reduce the risks, the danger is that the penis once again slips inwards, losing the benefits obtained thanks to the intervention.

Injection of low quality materials

In the case of surgeries to increase the thickness of the penis, some biomaterials that use in clinics without any kind of experience offering low-cost interventions, can cause serious injury or deformation in the member.

Solid materials (silicones) and liquid materials (paraffin, silicones) can cause deformations or serious infections, including a narrowing of the penis. It is of utmost importance to avoid clinics that use these materials in operations or offer interventions at excessively low prices compared to the competition.

Soft tissue grafting (Alloderm, etc.) must also be considered as a safe practice.

Erectile dysfunction

Another of the risks associated with penis enlargement surgeries is that if they are not performed by specialists you may suffer from erectile dysfunction problems or no longer have vigorous erections.


Thanks to the improvement of plastic surgery in recent decades, today, phalloplasty guarantees better results than before; despite this, however, there is still a surgical procedure characterized by a significant percentage of failures and a real risk of complications. Phalloplasty procedures with the highest probability of failure are those for sex change.