40-year-old Dan Maurer left doctors baffled as his balls grew uncontrollably, leaving him a prisoner in his own body.
He revealed he couldn’t have sex with his wife for nine years, nor could he pee in a toilet, because of his swollen five stone testicles.
Dan’s condition stopped him doing everything from showering on his own, camping with his friends to being intimate with his wife.
He had to pee in the shower because the size of his scrotum means he couldn’t aim into the toilet bowl.
“It’s made me a prisoner of my own body, it’s like carrying a ball and chain,” Dan said in 2015.
“The best way I could describe the weight to someone would be to imagine splitting open your scrotum and put in three large bowling balls then sew it back up and carry it around. I’m constantly in pain and it’s a lot of weight on your back, so it’s very hard for me to move.”
The condition also made him overweight. The weight of his scrotum made it impossible for him to move, so he stayed homebound and was unable to exercise, hence the added weight.
But he was put out of his misery thanks to a life-changing operation to remove his giant “ball and chain” – after he diagnosed himself with scrotal lymphedema.
It took a team of 9 surgeons and 12 theatre staff to remove Dan’s giant scrotum.
Now, almost 4 years after the life-changing surgery, Dan is worried about the extra weight, which he still hasn’t lost since the operation. Dan has had a worrying wake?up call after one of his idols, filmmaker and actor Kevin Smith, had a heart attack earlier this year. Now Dan fears he’ll end up suffering the same fate if he doesn’t lose weight, something he’s always struggled with.