What is Penile Fracture?

sad-man-at-windowPenile fracture (or fracture of the penis) is a rare but serious condition that is considered a medical emergency. A penile fracture is a severe form of bending injury to the erect and engorged penis that occurs when a membrane called the tunica albuginea tears. The tunica albuginea surrounds the corpora cavernosa, specialized spongy tissue in the core of the penis that fills up with blood during an erection. When the tunica albuginea tears, the blood that is normally confined to this space leaks out into other tissues. You get bruising and swelling.

Common causes of penile fracture

1. Sexual intercourse in improper position

The most common cause of penile fracture is sexual intercourse with the female on top or the male trying to enter from the rear. The engorged penis can be twisted or bent. This can also happen when a man with an erect penis falls and lands on their penis.

2. Penis weight hanging

One of the most significant health risks associated with hanging weights to your penis is that the weight could become too much, and could actually result in serious injury or penile fracture. In addition, penis weight hanging can also result in damage to penis ligaments that actually support the structure of your penis. Also, if the weight is much, then it could lead to the organ becoming narrower. So, even if it becomes longer, it will become narrower. Remember, for most women, thickness of your penis is more significant than its length.

3. Accident

A penile fracture can also happen when a man with an erect penis falls and lands on his penis.

Symptoms of penile fracture

Common signs and symptoms of penile fracture include:

Intense pain, swelling, bruising, abnormally shaped penis, inability to urinate or difficulty urinating, inability to get an erection. Some men actually hear a cracking or breaking sound when the fracture occurs.

Treatment of penile fracture

Treatment of penile fracture needs an immediate, emergency medical visit to the doctor or hospital. Pain killers, ice packs and anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed. Surgery is the most likely intervention. Under general anesthesia, the surgeon will make an incision or more as required and reconnect the torn tissue with stitches.  Most men do not require an overnight stay in the hospital. Most men can be released after the recovery room period. Recovery takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the incision heals to return to normal sexual function. Penile fracture recovery is usually painful for the first 7 to 10 days. Anti-inflammatory medications and pain killers can be used.

Finally, it is important to remember that if left untreated, your penis is likely to be deformed with an inability to get or maintain an erection, painful erections and greater possibility of urinary tract problems.


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