Akule Danlop, a surgeon working at the hospital in the tiny nation’s capital, Port Moresby, told The Guardian that over the last two years his clinic has treated at least 500 men with penile disfigurement and dysfunction as a result of injections.
He said: “I have seen five new cases every week for the past two years and these are the ones that have come forward for treatment.
“We don’t know how many of them are out there.
“I saw seven today.”
A variety of substances are being injected by backstreet beauticians in the quest to give patients more impressive manhoods. They include coconut oil, baby oil, silicone and cooking oil.
None of these substances are suitable for use in this way and the effects can be horrific.
“In every society, adolescents and young men have a thing about their penis”
Danlop says he has personally operated on about 90 men suffering from serious side effects from the penis enlargement treatments.
“The bulk of them have abnormal, lumpy masses growing over the penis and sometimes involving the scrotum. A good number are coming in with ulcers; they eventually burst open,” said Danlop.
“Some of them have difficulty urinating because the foreskin is so swollen it cannot contract.”
Danlop says that in nearly all cases, they regret having had the procedures done. The people responsible tend to be male nurses earning a bit of extra money on top of there normal jobs.
He says that, when he sees people every day with terrible conditions such as cancer that need urgent treatment, he is frustrated to have to deal with what he sees as ‘self inflicted’ problems.
Danlop is working with other doctors in Papua New Guinea to determine why the penis enlargement craze has suddenly sprung up, and whether pornography might be at the root of it.
Glen Mola, a professor of reproductive health, obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Papua New Guinea, said lots of men are being “conned” into the practice.
He said: “I don’t think it’s particularly a [Papua New Guinea] thing.
“In every society, adolescents and young men have a thing about their penis.”