>assuming what you say is what happened to me (and from the sounds of it, it is exactly what happened) Would that make subsequent PE easier (my original cotton pulling thought) or harder because of the scarring?<
It makes gaining much easier because you have less ligament resistance stopping you from stretching them and pulling the internal penis forwards. The ligaments will still have just as much potential stretchability in them after surgery, as scarring will only occur where they were cut and re-attached, so if that area thickens with scarring, that won’t stop the intact section of the ligement taking the stretch. A chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link, so thickening a small section of the chain won’t make it any stronger if the rest is still the original thickness and structure.
Another factor which helps you gain from surgery, is that length that was trapped behind the ligs is now infront of the ligs and can take the full force on it’s tunica even whilst stretching below your LOT, without the ligs taking some of the force away. When that length was behind the ligs, the ligs would take a lot of the force off the tunica behind the ligs, when stretching below the LOT.
>Is it your opinion my gains since surgery are more due to the increased intensity, or the fewer attachments?<
If you gained 1 eighth of an inch in two years of PE, doing 30 mins 5 times a week, then there is no doubt that you were a hardgainer. After your ligs retracted and pulled your penis back by 1 inch, you then increased time and effort in PE and gained 2.45” in 2 years 4 months(I include the 1” you lost, because you were doing 30 mins of PE per day so the ligs had pulled it back as if it had never exsisted and it wasn’t just a temporary loss ready to slip back out of it’s hole again as you were already pulling when it was lost. It had to be gained with as much effort as the rest you gained). That is 1” growth per year. So you have increased your rate of growth by 16 times as you only gained 1 eighth of an inch in 2 years, before surgery. Your growth is 16 times more productive. I highly doubt all of that could be down to just increasing effort in PE if you were already doing 30 mins of work each day before hand. However, there is a possibility that you were pulling with puny forces before surgery and weren’t really a hardgainer but you haven’t said how hard you were pulling then and how hard you are pulling now.
I knew someone on another PE forum who had his ligs cut and he turned out to gain 4 inches in length. He was basically the number one gainer on the site and he happened to have had his ligs cut. Coincidense? Doubtful. He gained 1.5 inches from the surgery imediatly and then four inches more once he found PE. He had the earlier surgery where the erection would point towards the floor, however, so I don’t think he had any ligs re-attached like you. His penis was unstable during sex because of this. It would push in and out of the cavity somewhat during heavy thrusting he told me. Your type of surgery is better compared to the earlier surgeries, which did not re-attach the ligs to my knoweldge, because although it is harder to pull the inner penis out somewhat with your surgery, you still have a stable penis(I presume), your erection angle is intact which is important for good sex and your tunica might be easier to grow as it still has ligs to anchor against your pull, inorder to get a stretch in the tunica. With no ligs, someone would have to grip with one hand at the base to provide an anchor point and the other hand pulling to provide a stretch in the tunica between the two hands. That would be more tiring and it would be harder to create the forces needed.
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