BURLINGTON, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – A Michigan man is scheduled for surgery later this month in California on his abnormally large scrotum, the result of a rare condition.
Dan Maurer’s scrotum has grown to a size that makes it impossible for him to work or walk more than 40 feet at a time. It is agonizing for him to drive.
“(I’m in) pretty much constant pain,” Maurer told WWJ in June. “I mean, you know, it’s a lot of weight to support like…in that area.”
Though variously estimated at 50 to 75 pounds in size, the Burlington resident says he doesn’t know how big his scrotum is anymore.
“I’ve never weighed it,” Maurer told Battle Creek Enquirer . “It’s depressing enough without weighing it.”
Maurer’s surgery is set for Aug. 28 and is expected to take at least 12 hours. It’ll be performed by Dr. Joel Gelman of the University of California-Irvine, one of the few surgeons in the country who can perform an operation to fix the condition, called scrotal lymphedema.
“[Dr. Gelman] basically came in, looked at me and said, “Is that all you’ve got?’ ” Maurer said. “It gave me a lot of confidence that he has no fear in tackling this. He comes in saying ‘I’ve done this before and this going to be a breeze.’ That’s the way you want your doctor going into it.”
Maurer’s experience with scrotal lymphedema started about five years ago when he decided to lose weight. Pushing 500 pounds, Maurer started to lose weight through exercise and diet, but noticed his scrotum was growing larger. He went to University of Michigan Hospital for help, where he said a doctor told him the solution would be lap band surgery. Maurer eventually became ill and required hospitalization, at which time doctors discovered a broken cyst inside his oversize scrotum.
Maurer said the surgery was made possible by donations from people around the nation, mostly from complete strangers.
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