August 3rd, 2017
Penile enlargement is a popular procedure that is aimed at restoring the confidence and self-esteem in men. However, unsafe fat injection for penile enlargement surgery performed at a local Swedish plastic surgery clinic claimed the life of a young, healthy male.
A 30-year old Swedish male with no significant medical history underwent a penile lengthening procedure via autologous fat injection. As part of the procedure, surgeons severed the ligament at the base of penis to ensure maximum penile elongation, followed by injection of about 60 mL (or 2 ounces) fat cells, derived from the belly of same patient to allow maximum girth. The fat cells were obtained by liposuction procedure. However, during the injection process, some fat cells were dislodged and made their way to the lungs of this patients via broken veins; causing fat embolism.
Towards the completion of surgery, patient suddenly developed low blood pressure, difficulty in breathing, and high heart rate. Despite emergency management, the patient slipped in cardiac arrest and ultimately died within 2 hours regardless of CPR.
It is noteworthy that fat embolism is a serious complication of long bone fractures and other severe tissue injuries. It is also reported less frequently in procedures like autologous fat transfers and liposuction. The risk increases if fat cells are introducedin a tissue with lots of broken capillaries or blood vessels (like in this case), as it facilitates the entry of fat cells in the general circulation.
Generally, the procedure is considered fairly safe and so far, this is the first ever reported death in a patient undergoing penile enlargement by autologous fat injection procedure; but several other complications may occur; such as:
Besides complications associated with administration of fat cells, there are several other adverse effects that are directly caused by the method of collecting fat cells such as, liposuction. Several research studies suggest that liposuction of excessive volumes can lead to:
Dr. Elist performs extensive clinical and laboratory testing before operating on a patient to ensure optimal results. As a surgeon and urologist, Dr. Elist has over 3 decades of experience (powered by research) to utilize his proven patented method which is Penis Enlargement Surgery by insertion of a subcutaneous soft silicone implant to enhance the girth and the appearance of length of penis, with minimal risk of complications. With over 4,000 procedures we have a high success rate, Dr. Elist does not perform PMMA and fat injections and believes temporary and hazardous solutions like PMMA and Fat injections are not only unsafe but can also prove fatal.
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