Penis Enlargement Surgery: The Long and Short of It

Over the past few decades Urologic and Plastic surgeons have experimented with and performed many procedures attempting to increase penis length, penis thickness and improve penis straightness. Many men are under the impression that penis enlargement surgery is relatively safe with excellent results. However, despite the many years and number of procedures performed the results have generally been poor.

The current assertion is that penis surgery has low success rates as well as high risk of injury.  Even with advances over the past decade using injected drugs along with surgery has proven to have increased risks of failures and many lawsuits have been filed.

 Low Likelihood of Improvement

In many cases after surgery the penis appears longer because the ligaments are cut and the penis hangs further out of the body depending on the individual’s anatomy. In cases where there is penis length increases the results range from ½ inch to 2 inches with no concrete predictions as to the total gains from the surgery.

To get this gain the ligaments are cut and the penis looses stability and has difficulty maintaining a normal angle of erection. Too often the length of the penis actually decreases because of the subsequent scar tissue. Once surgery has been performed there are few future surgeries available to correct failures or help repair any future accidental damage.

Penis Surgery is Unsafe

There are currently no standardized penile surgical procedures. In fact, current penis surgery can still be considered experimental. The American Urological Association has indicated that current techniques of penis surgery are neither completely safe nor effective. There is no indication that the potential benefits are outweighed by the concerns and risks associated with penis enlargement surgery.

Here are some of the complications resulting from penile surgery:

  • Edema or irritable swelling
  • Ecchymosis or bruising
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring causing shortening or curving
  • Fibrosis causing loss of blood flow
  • Loss of upward erections or penile stability
  • Nerve injury resulting in loss of sensation or limpness.
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Shorter penis. In many cases the penis is actually shortened as a result of surgery.


The cost of penis enlargement surgery in the United States can range from $3000 for minor procedures to $10000 for more complicated ones. Given the potential for serious negative complication and very little indication of any penis growth, men who are interested in getting a longer penis may want to think twice before choosing surgery as an option.


As with any elective surgery, serious consultation with at least two surgeons is recommended before making any decision. Be aware of clinics who will only talk about the potential gains in length and width but fail to accurately describe the potential risks involved. Surgery should only be performed as a final resort and in cases where other options for penis enlargement or penis extension are not possible.