When Wesley Warren Jr. went into surgery to have his 132-pound scrotum removed, he expected his life to change for the better. Instead, he woke up to a one-inch penis.
"What came out of surgery is a nub an inch long and it doesn't get any larger," Warren said. "I'm grateful to have been pulled out of the fire, but now I'm still disfigured,"
Warren is 49-years-old and had been suffering from scrotal lymphedema since 2008. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), scrotal elephantiasis, or massive scrotal lymphedema, is a disease that is caused by obstruction, aplasia, or hypoplasia of the lymphatic vessels draining the scrotum. The scrotal skin is thickened and may exhibit ulcerations in severe cases. Warren is a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada and had his 13-hour surgery performed in a California Hospital.
After speaking with The Sun, Warren Jr. said, "I know the majority of people are probably expecting me to express extreme happiness and glee that my life has been transformed since the sac has been removed - but it's not as simple as that." Since the swelling first began, Warren Jr. had been visit doctors to help reduce the swelling, but his scrotum continued to grow.
"I was a prisoner to the sac," Warren Jr. tells The Sun, "It ruled my life. It shaped and formed how I lived day in and day out."I could only walk in baby steps - I had to stop every 30 seconds. It was just horrible. I couldn't get in and out of a vehicle and even then I fell down on to the pavement and it took four grown men to try and lift me up," Warren said.
Most cases of acquired of genital lymphedema and elephantitis are not found in the United States.It often time happens because of node dissection, irradiation or like in Warren Jr's. case, injury.
Even with all of the negativity Warren Jr. is still hopeful that he will live a normal life and eventually hopes to find love. "I do want to be loved one day," Wesley said. "But I need to go through the recovery process which will take some time.