An American teenager has become the first person in history to have penis reduction surgery.
The 17-year-old had experienced numerous cases of priapism, Daily Mail reports, which causes undesired, painful erections due to blockages in the penis' blood vessels.
His penis was nearly 7 inches long and 10 inches around in its flaccid state, growing harder but not longer during erections.
It was so large that it resembled a football as a result, doctors said.
The abnormally large size left the teen unable to have sex, play sports or even wear certain pants because the penis could easily be seen underneath.
He was lucky to find a willing surgeon in Dr. Rafael Carrion, a urologist at the University of South Florida.
He told Daily Mail,
There comes a time in every urologist's career that a patient makes a request so rare and impossible to comprehend that all training breaks down and leaves the physician speechless. That question was 'can you make my penis smaller?'
There was no procedure to go by, so Dr. Carrion and his team decided to use surgical methods typically reserved for Peyronie's disease, which results in the formation of scar tissue around the penis.
The team used the boy's circumcision scar as a reference, cutting and unwrapping the skin of the penis to remove tissue.
Dr. Carrion said,
It was a bit like having two side tummy-tucks - that's how we explained it to him.
It isn't clear how long the operation took, but Daily Mail reports the boy spent two days in the hospital before being released.
Dr. Carrion said the boy's new penis is now just a little longer and thicker than the average member.
It looks cosmetically appealing, and he said it was a life-changing event, he's all smiles.
The new penis also doesn't have difficulty becoming erect and providing pleasure when stimulated.
Dr. Carrion said that another person has asked for the same surgery but does not suffer from priapism or any related condition.
These are controversial waters we're stepping in. Who is to judge what is a legitimate complaint and what isn't?
The individual seems to simply have been born with a particularly large penis, so Dr. Carrion isn't sure whether he will grant the man's request.
His pioneering surgery was published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.