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Penile Fracture Treatment

What is Penile Fracture?

Penis fracture is manifested by tissue injury and swelling due to trauma in the penile shaft. This injury occurs in the tunica albuginea, which surrounds the vascular spaces called the corpous cavernosum, which provides the erection mechanism.

Penile Fracture Treatment

Usually, a cracking sound is heard during the event and the erect (hardened) penis suddenly turns into a detumescent (down) state. Significant swelling and hematoma (sign of bleeding, bruising) occur in the penis. Sometimes there may be a lateralization towards one side.

This bleeding, which manifests itself with bruising, usually spreads to the entire penis shaft, and if the lower layers of the penis are damaged in the BUCK's FACIAL, the bruising also spreads to the abdominal wall. Penile fracture should be differentiated from mild penile trauma in which the tunica albuginea is not damaged.

If there are doubts in penile fracture diagnosis, which is usually diagnosed by history and physical examination, imaging methods such as cavernosography, ultrasonography and MRI can be used. The way the event occurred, its time, whether there was loss of erection during the event, and physical examination findings are very important. It mostly occurs during sexual intercourse.

Penile Fracture Risk Factors

  • Traumatic sexual intercourse (especially when the female partner is on top),
  • Traumatic masturbation,
  • Blunt and precise blows (especially when the forceps are erect),
  • Taqaandan: In some cultures, the penis is bent for relaxation while the penis is erect. It's like cracking the fingers. Sometimes, men who have difficulty urinating in the morning erection can damage the penile tissue. During this time, a penile fracture develops.

Penile Fracture Treatment in Turkey

When penile fracture is detected, the tissue named tunica albuginea mentioned above and damaged by trauma should be repaired immediately. Thus, it is aimed to protect the erectile function by providing the least scar tissue damage.

Scientific researches and reviews have concluded that performing this operation in the first 24 hours of the event is essential for the preservation of sexual functions. Even in delayed cases, the operation should not be avoided.

In this surgery, the most suitable cosmetic appearance is aimed by using the previously applied circumcision incision, if any. Patients are usually discharged one day later.

What Happens If Penile Fracture Is Not Operated, What are the complications?

  • Curvature and plaque in the penis,
  • Erectile Dysfunction,
  • Urethral (urinary canal) stenosis (if trauma has also affected the urethra).

All these side effects can be seen after penile fracture, but they are much more common in patients who do not have surgery or in delayed operations. In this surgery, the damaged tunica albuginea tissue is sutured end-to-end, resulting in less scar tissue healing and less potential side effects.

In conclusion, when this happens to you, I recommend you to consult a urologist without delay. This trauma is a urological emergency and is seen much more than is thought. Because of this event, our patients' embarrassment is out of place, and penile fracture is a very natural health problem like other diseases.

Note: The page contents are for informational purposes only and a doctor's application is required for your diagnosis and treatment.

I wish you healthy days.
Dr. Arif Demirbaş

Update Date: 17.09.2022
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arif Demirbaş
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The content of this page is for informational purposes only.
Please consult your physician for diagnosis and treatment.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arif Demirbas
Urology Specialist
Dr. Arif Demirbaş was born in 1985 in Turkey. He graduated from Uludag University Faculty of Medicine in 2010. He completed his urology residency training at Ankara Training and Research Hospital between 2011-2016. As a result of intensive academic studies after his specialization, he received the title of Associate Professor in March 2021.

Although he has experience with each of urological diseases, he has a special interest in the diagnosis, medical treatment and surgical treatment of urological cancers (prostate cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer and testicular cancer),kidney stone diseases, benign prostate enlargement, adrenal gland diseases (surrenal gland) and pediatric urology diseases (ureteropelvic stenosis, vesicoureteral reflux, undescended testicles). If possible, the surgeries are planned laparoscopically and endoscopically in a way that creates the least discomfort for the patient as required by the era.
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