A man was left with a permanent and painful erection after a surgery on his nose.

Neven Ciganovic who is addicted to plastic surgery was left with a priapism – an unwanted, long-lasting and painful erection that is not accompanied by sexual desire.

“I was in Iran for rhinoplasty for the documentary film that British Channel 4 is filming covering my life.

“We did not record the surgery but only the consultation sessions with the doctor. They gave me general anaesthesia and I reacted badly to it,” the 45-year-old said.

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He added that it was during the surgery that he was diagnosed with priapism.

Ciganovic said he recovered in a hospital in Serbian capital Belgrade, but was refused painkillers even though he was in pain.

“I reside in Belgrade hospital since Friday. Unfortunately, I do not get analgesics because they do not give them to patients here, so I continue to suffer.

“I have to be at the hospital for five more days.”

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He said that another operation has relieved him of his priapism, but was quick to add that he will not be fully recovered for several months.