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5 Surprisingly Common Penis Injuries That Can Land You In the ER – Men’s Health

Jesse N. Mills, MD, an associate clinical professor of urology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, says the most common penis injury he sees is a penis fracture. “That’s when a man tears the tough outer lining of his penis during sex when he bangs his erect penis into his partner’s pubic bone. It usually happens when the female is on top and thrusting down on the man’s erect penis,” he says.

Dr. Mills says penile fractures usually happens when a partner is drunk. That was the case with one of his recent patients. “They were in the throes of disinhibited, liquor-induced passion at 2 a.m. when she elevated her thrusting pelvis to the very tip of his erect penis and momentarily lost coordination as she slammed her pelvic bone forcefully down on his erect penis. They both heard a loud cracking sound followed by his shriek of pain,” he recalls.

As Dr. Mills recounted it, the patient’s previously erect penis had turned into a large eggplant.” “There are three chambers in a penis the two erectile bodies and the urethra (urinary channel),” he explained. “Most penile fractures are mild with a small tear in one of the chambers that requires a few stitches to close the defect and get the man back to normal in a few weeks. This man tore all chambers and the only thing keeping his penis attached to his body was his skin.” All the blood had rushed from his erection through the tear in his fibrous exterior penile lining into the space underneath his skin. His erect penis, now fully deflated, had quadrupled in size and lost all rigidity.

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Dr. Mills says that the patients injury was so severe that he not only fractured his penis, but he also tore his urethra completely, so he was unable to urinate. He had to fully reconstruct all chambers and essentially reattach the torn penis to the base, which was still intact. The patient had to use a urinary catheter for three weeks and was out of commission for about six weeks, but he fully recovered and was able to have sex again.

The moral of the story? “Vigorous sex is fine but don’t mix it with alcohol,” says Dr. Mills. “If you do injure your penis, get to the ER right away, embarrassing as it is.”

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When do you go to urgent care vs. an emergency room? – KSNT News

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) Thousands of people use emergency rooms and urgent care centers in Northeast Kansas every year. But do you know the difference between the two, and when to use each? Health professionals in Topeka are saying many people get confused on where to go when immediate medical ailments arise.

Korri Phillips, the Medical Director at Cotton ONeil Express Care Clinics said the biggest difference is the emergency room is there for life or limb threatening illnesses or injuries.

The express care is more for immediate care needs; fevers, sore throats, ear aches, sprains, strains, fractures. We always joke that its fractures without the bone sticking out of the skin.

Between primary care offices, urgent and express care, and emergency rooms, many may not know where the best place to go is, when a critical medical situation arises.

Phillips said the following are emergencies appropriate for the ER, I tell people to think of it as a threat to life, limb, or to their eye sight.

Urgent cares are opportune for more immediate medical concerns, when your primary care doctor is unavailable.

I come here because its something the doctor can take care of and its not an emergency situation, said Jackie Creek, a patient at Cotton ONeil Express Care.

When using Express or Urgent Cares instead of Emergency Rooms, wait times are significantly less, and co-pays are easier on your wallet.

So the express cares still charge the co-pays, but the co-pays are much less than the emergency room and the cost of care is much less than the emergency room. There are national studies that now show there are immediate cost benefits for the patient. Most of it is the convenience and not having to make an appointment. You can walk in. You can be seen at your own convenience. Right now we have six clinics across Topeka and 5 of the six clinics are open on the weekend. The other clinics are open throughout the day and into the evening, and then also the weekend hours, said Phillips.

If you are still unsure on what is the best facility to go to, you can always call to get advice from a medical professional before arriving in person.

Recently, three Cotton ONeil Express Care facilities received accreditation from the Urgent Care Association of America.

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