An Australian man mortgaged off his house to pay for surgery to extend the length of his penis, considered "micro" sized because it is fewer than three inches long when erect.
But the $45,000 operation was unsuccessful, Daily Mail reports, so now the 33-year-old known only as Mike (not his real name) will spend $18,000 on a second surgery and possibly $50,000 on a third to cure his condition, which affects about 1 percent of the male population.
The first round of surgeries in 2012 cut a ligament in Mike's shaft that attaches the base of the penis to the pubic bone and added fat under the penis skin.
A ligament re-grafted itself onto a dermal fat graft, however, making the results not only useless but painful as well.
The construction contractor told ninemsn,
My penis is basically infant sized. Pre-surgery, I was two to three centimeters flaccid and I'm now four centimeters. My erection is probably around seven centimeters.
Mike makes good money and is in great physical shape but his micropenis has left him afraid to have sex, having done so just twice in his life. He was bullied constantly as a child and refused to play sports over fears of being seen naked in the locker room.
I'd happily be less intelligent, lose a few IQ points and have a bigger penis. I am now diagnosed bipolar and have pretty bad bouts of depression. My sex drive has diminished due to the anti-depressants.
Mike said men with his condition have extreme difficulty getting information on surgeries because there are very few places to turn for serious advice.
He told 9news,
It's difficult to have a conversation about it that doesn't descend into smut. There are not many people I can talk to about it. I don't bother explaining it to most people or even bringing it up. We put too much pressure on men, the same way women put too much emphasis on box gap or boob size or bikini bridges.
Even certain medical doctors weren't understanding of his condition. Mike distinctly remembers a devastating visit to a pediatrician that continues to haunt him to this day.
My mum took me to a pediatrician, and made the mistake of mentioning that I was small. The [female] pediatrician said, 'Alright, let's have a look'. When she saw it she said, 'I've seen smaller.' And that was that. Obviously I never grew, so that was a massive f*ck up.
But Mike is very happy with his current surgeon, an unnamed American specialist who guarantees that the penis can be lengthened despite the detached ligament, which many other doctors told him was nearly impossible.
He hopes to inspire others with micropenises to "hang in there" by proving that the condition can be fixed by surgery.
His next procedure will take place in December.
H/T: Daily Mail, Photo Credit: WWE