BURLINGTON, Mich. -- A Michigan man underwent a successful 12-hour surgery in California on his abnormally large scrotum, the result of a rare condition.
Three surgical teams removed an 80-pound scrotal growth from Dan Maurer of Burlington late last month. They also took out 40 pounds of fat from his stomach area.
Maurer's mother, Connie Maurer, tells the Battle Creek Enquirer (http://bcene.ws/1xk7EbH ) Maurer was moved out of intensive care Thursday. He will likely need several more weeks to recover in California.
"Hopefully, it's the start of a whole new life for him," said his father, Dan Maurer Sr., who remained at the family's home.
Dr. Joel Gelman of the University of California-Irvine led the effort. He has experience performing the operation to treat the condition, called scrotal lymphedema. Doctors believe it is caused by blocked vessels in the lymphatic system that fail to drain the fluid from the area.
Maurer has dealt with the condition for more than five years.
An online crowdfunding site has raised almost $30,000 to help with his medical and rehabilitation bills. One of the donors is a personal trainer in Grand Rapids who wants to help Dan Maurer get back in shape when he arrives back in Michigan.
"It's something that could happen to anyone," Connie Maurer said. "It's a story. It's life."
Connie Maurer and her son's wife, Melita, have been at his side for most of the past few weeks, though they could not see him for 16 hours as doctors got him ready for and then performed surgery, which went just as planned.
"Dr. Gelman was very pleased with the surgery and is pleased with the healing," Connie Maurer said.
Information from: Battle Creek Enquirer, http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com