A man whose scrotum swelled to 80 pounds over the past seven years has had successful surgery to remove the mass. The growth weighed five bowling balls and was the result of a condition called scrotal lymphedema.
But now, after a grueling 14-hour operation, Dan Maurer of Battle Creek, Mich., is recovering after surgeons successfully removed a huge lump. Not only is Mr Maurer walking more easily now, but after seven years he has been able to get back “married” with his wife of 20 years, Mindy.
Dan Maurer, 40, of Battle Creek, Mich., first noticed changes in his body structure in his 20s. But it wasn’t until last year that Mr Maurer realized he had the same condition after watching a TV documentary about a man with scrotal lymphedema. Mr Maurer’s scrotum swelled to a staggering 80 pounds, affecting every aspect of his life
It wasn’t until he saw a TV show about the life of Wesley Warren Jr. – dubbed “The Man With the 120-Pound Scrotum” – that Mr. Maurer realized he, too, had Same disease. Mr. Maurer’s journey is now featured on the new TLC show as he recovers from his ordeal and adjusts to life without the massive swelling.
The 40-year-old started making life-changing changes in his 20s when he noticed changes in his anatomy. For years, doctors told him he just needed to lose weight, saying his groin swelling was the result of being overweight.
But despite his attempts to lose weight, his scrotum grew. “I swam two miles a day in the pool, so I lost 50 pounds,” he said. But even as he lost the extra pounds, his scrotum continued to expand, eventually growing to the size of a large cantaloupe.
After consulting his doctor, he got the same answer as before: he needed to lose weight again. This abnormality affected every aspect of his life. He struggles to walk and take care of himself. The situation took a huge toll on his relationship with his wife, Mindy, 21.
The couple admitted they had not been “in a marital relationship” since March 2006 because of Mr Maurer’s illness. Now aged 40, his illness worsened and he had to be hospitalized with a ruptured scrotal cyst. Not long after, he stumbled upon the TLC reality show “The Man With the 132-Pound Scrotum,” a documentary about Mr. Warren Jr.’s plight.