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Pros and Cons of Penis Enlargement Surgery

September 19, 2012

When all other penis enlargement methods like penis extenders, penis pumps and penis pills as well as manual exercises (i.e., jelqing) have failed, the last resort is surgery on the male sex organ itself. This is deemed as the only permanent solution for the enlargement of the penis in terms of widening its girth and/or extending its length; many surgeons also perform operations to improve the appearance of the glans.

Before considering surgical penis enhancement, it is best to consider the pros and cons of the procedure. Keep in mind that there are several aspects of your life at stake including your physical body after surgery, your mental image of who you are based on your larger penis, and your pockets.


According to, It must be emphasized that penis enlargement surgery for cosmetic purposes is not covered by health insurance as a general rule. For example, if you are undergoing the procedure because you want a larger and longer penis capable of sustaining firmer erections for prolonged periods, then your health insurance provider will not cover the costs of surgery.

However, if you are undergoing the surgery as part of reconstructive efforts such as in the case of congenital defects affecting the penis as well as the loss of penis from injuries and illnesses, then your health insurance provider will likely shoulder the costs. Examples of congenital defects are micropenis, epispadias, and hypospadias.

The typical costs for penis enlargement surgery run from $4,000 to $17,000 depending on several factors like age, physical condition of the penis, and expected results. This is true for all types of penile enhancement whether lengthening or widening.

The total cost of the surgery is the main reason why most men prefer the natural methods of penis enhancement. For example, you will only spend a hundred dollars or so for a complete penis extender kit including the instructional DVDs.


At best, penis enlargement surgery results in the visual enlargement – read: lengthening – of the penis by just over an inch. The most common technique is cutting the ligaments holding the penis in its usual position, thus, allowing it to descend. Stretching devices such as specialized weights are then used on the penis to lengthen it, which will take a few months before positive results are observed.

In the case of widening the penis, the results are more modest. It is also necessary to maintain your ideal bodyweight to maintain the results, if any.


As with any invasive surgical operation, penile enhancement surgery has its share of risks, side effects and complications. These include:

• Nerve and tissue damage both in the penis and its surrounding area

• Side effects of anesthesia like headaches, grogginess and nausea

• Oddly-shaped penis with erections pointing down (i.e., vertical) instead of up (i.e., horizontal)

• Bacterial infections with symptoms like pus, swelling and redness after the operation

• Anxiety, frustration and disappointment related to the results of the surgery, the size of the penis, and future sexual performance.

So, is penis enlargement surgery worth the price paid for it? Let’s refer to the paraphrased statement made by experts during the Second International Consultation on Sexual Dysfunction: When properly informed of the risks, complications and outcome of penis enhancement surgery, most men will most likely not proceed with it.

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