A 57-year-old man from southern Vietnam has recovered after doctors removed the silicone he injected into his penis one and a half years ago.
Doctor Nguyen Phuoc Loc of Can Tho General Hospital said the patient was admitted to the hospital on October 12 with a swollen penis that was distorted by silicone clots.
The man from the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau said he had the injection after some people told him that it could enlarge his penis and improve his sex life.
It is unclear if he did it himself.
The silicone began to clot a few months ago.
Loc said the patient can be discharged soon.
The doctor said silicone injections into human body are illegal in Vietnam
“Injecting silicone directly into the body is very dangerous because it can lead to infection and necrosis. It can also block circulation, leading to death,” he said.
In 2013, Ho Chi Minh City doctors have reported dozens of emergency cases in which male patients tried to enlarge their penises with silicone injections.
Doctors said some men have penis size anxiety and believe male enhancement can bring them happy relationships.
They said the average Vietnamese penis is similar in size to those of men in other countries.
When erect, the average Vietnamese penis is between 11.2-13 centimeters long. Doctors said it is considered short when it's less than 7.8 centimeters long when erect.