Friday, August 25, 2006

Belly Buttons and Penises: Aesthetic & Functional Surgical Enhancements.

Six months ago I had an elective surgical procedure performed to have my belly button "removed". It was part of study conducted by the American Association for Aesthetic Surgery. The study was setup to demonstrate suturing techniques that leave little or no scaring and as a marketing campaign for the newly developed sutures. If you look closely at my stomach you can see a faint white hairline, but that's it, I have an otherwise perfectly flat stomach. The results of the study will be published this fall. I've been asked to hold off on posting photos until then, sometime in late October.

I admit that participating in this was a bit weird but I did receive financial compensation and got to spend 2 weeks in San Juan Capistrano, California. The procedure was not very evasive and except for some pain when I bent over or sat the recovery wasn't too bad.

I came across two surgery stories in the press this week that are decidedly more strange than my own. They are both about men with 2 PENISES.

Man with two penises loses wife
A German who persuaded doctors to give him a second penis has lost his wife after he showed her the result.

Biker Michael Gruber, 40, lost his original penis in a motorbike accident and doctors built him a second one using a mixture of skin, bone and other tissues from his own body.

The penis worked so well that he was even able to father a child with his wife Bianca, 25, and their son Etienne was born last year.

But Gruber was still not happy and asked doctors to repeat the operation and build him a better organ, to which they agreed.

However, before removing the first penis doctors said they needed to make sure the new tissue transplant was a success, and had to leave the first penis in place. –Link to full story

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Are you sure you want remove that? An Indian businessman born with two penises wants one of them removed surgically as he wants to marry and lead a normal sexual life, a newspaper report said Saturday.

The 24-year-old man from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh admitted himself to a New Delhi hospital this week with an extremely rare medical condition called penile duplication or diphallus, the Times of India said.

"Two fully functional penes is unheard of even in medical literature. In the more common form of diphallus, one organ is rudimentary," the newspaper quoted a surgeon as saying. –Full story on Yahoo news

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