What is a Penile Fracture?
Posted on October 02, 2023 by root
A penile fracture is when the tough, fibrous covering of the penis, known as the tunica albuginea, tears due to excessive force or trauma during an erection. It’s not the same as a traditional bone fracture, but it can be just as painful and concerning.
The most common symptoms of a penile fracture include a sudden, sharp popping or cracking sound during sexual activity, followed by immediate loss of erection, severe pain, bruising, and swelling. It’s essential to seek medical attention right away if you experience these symptoms.
Penile fracture repair surgery is typically the recommended treatment. During the procedure, a urologist, like me, will make a small incision and repair the torn tissue, ensuring that the tunica albuginea heals correctly. This surgery aims to restore the normal shape and function of the penis.
I won’t sugarcoat it – pain after a penile fracture can be intense, but it’s manageable with prescribed pain medication. You’ll need to take it easy and avoid sexual activity during your recovery to allow the healing process to unfold naturally.
Recovery times can vary, but you can typically expect to resume sexual activity after about six weeks. It’s crucial to follow your urologist’s recommendations, which may include wearing a splint or using medications to assist in the healing process.
Now, here’s the good news: if you’ve experienced a penile fracture and are concerned about your sexual health or erectile dysfunction (ED) afterward, you’re not alone. We specialize in diagnosing and treating ED, and my goal is to help you regain your quality of life and sexual performance. Don’t let this experience hold you back. Reach out to us and let’s work together to get you back to living your best life. Your sexual health is essential, and I’m here to support you every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment today, and let’s tackle these issues together!
Posted on behalf of Justin Houman MD