A Costa Rican man found himself in need of emergency surgery after he took his needs for sexual kicks too far.
Medics at San Juan de Dios Hospital in the capital San Jose were shocked to find an 18-inch cassava root in the man’s anal cavity.
The 55-year-old had carved the root into a phallic shape and used the cassava as a sex toy, local news reports.
The unnamed man had voluntarily inserted the 18-inch root, which had an estimated girth of more than three inches, in his anus,
He had to be rushed to hospital after one of the two condoms he had used on the cassava broke inside him.
As the condom had ripped, this put the man at risk of perforating his intestines and infection, and emergency surgery was performed.
Surgeons spent more than an hour operating on the man, with the removal of the cassava being filmed and later posted online.
Doctors had to perform some reconstructive procedures on the man’s anus and intestines, but as the rectum was not perforated, the man is expected to make a full recovery.
Staff at the San Juan de Dios Hospital said the man is currently in stable condition.
Cassava root, also known as yuca, is a starchy root which is common in South America, where is is used as a stable carb.
The starch derived from the cassava is also known as tapioca, used all over the world as a thickening agent, in desserts such as tapioca pudding, and in the popular Asian ‘bubble tea’ drink.
Coincidentally, the American Cancer Society warns that those with a latex rubber allergy may suffer a reaction to the plant and should avoid eating cassava or tapioca.