Wesley Warren Jr., the 48-year-old Las Vegas man who made headlines with his 132-pound scrotum, just underwent a successful surgery to remove the excess watery fluid that had accumulated around his testicles.
“There are a lot of shows about makeovers, but this is a real makeover,” Dr. Joel Gelman, a physician who performed the surgery on Thursday, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “He’s basically a new man.”
[Click here to see a photo of Warren after the surgery]
On April 8, Gelman and three other doctors, including plastic surgeons, donated their time to operate on Warren, who suffered from a condition known as scrotal lymphedema.
According to Gelman, it took nearly 13 hours to remove the mass.
Warren had originally turned down the California doctor’s offer for a free procedure after appearing on “The Doctor Oz Show” because he was afraid he would begin to bleed uncontrollably and die on the table.
"Who would want to live like this?" Warren said. "I just don't want to die during the operation."
But Gelman made sure that wasn’t something the 48-year-old would have to worry about.
“I’d say we put that fear to rest,” Gelman said. “I still haven’t lost a patient or a testicle.”
Warren is currently on disability and, according to the doctor, there's a lot of “follow up to do,” therefore he must remain near a hospital.
Dr. Mulugeta Kassahun, Warren’s Las Vegas urologist, said his rehabilitation depends on how well the skin grafts take.
“There’s a lot of pain after removal of tissue and skin grafting,” he explained.
It’s not known why or how Warren’s condition developed. “I have no idea why he developed it,” Gelman said.
Warren used to have to walk around Las Vegas with a walker and an upside-down hoodie in between his legs to cover up the 132-pound scrotum. When he was home watching television, he put the mass atop a milk crate. And because his penis was buried inside his scrotum, Warren could not control his urination.
Post-surgery, Warren no longer needs that milk crate at home.