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While most would find breaking your penis no laughing matter, Ross was able to use comedy to get him through this unlikely experience. The author of “Broken Bananah” Ross joins The Doctors to share his story.
Four years ago, Ross says he broke his penis having intercourse. He went to the ER immediately where they found he had two tears and a broken urethra. The doctors said he may lose functionality and sensitivity. Luckily, he was able to recover after he had emergency surgery from two different surgeons the morning after.
Ross says common questions he gets are “Did it hurt?” to which he answers “Yes. A lot!” and “Was it worth it?” to which Ross responds, “No, but the stories and all the laughter and silliness that came out of it might have made it a little better.”
Ross says recovery was about three months until he could use it as he’d like, six months in total, and he still had discomfort for about a year and a half.
Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra asks Ross how he found the humor in this. Ross says when you have something happen to you in life, there are two options, the first is to laugh at it or the second is to let it sink you. Ross says comedy has always been a coping mechanism of his so he chose the first option.
Urologist Dr. Aaron Spitz jokes that people say, “Comedy bends but tragedy breaks, but you actually turned a break into a comedic experience!” Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon asks how his penis is doing and Ross says “Lucky” is doing much better now thanks to some amazing surgeons. He says like any sports injury you’re never going to be 100% back but he’s about 90%. Yet for the single ladies out there, Ross says he’s back 110%.
Dr. Spitz says he has seen some horrific injuries and Ross’ was one of them. Dr. Spitz explains the penis has two chambers that fill up with blood and Ross had a “blow-out!” He says there will usually be a pop the size of a fingertip but in Ross’ case, it extended all the way across both sides and completely through his urethra.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon asks, “When should you be suspicious of a fractured penis?” Dr. Spitz explains that sometimes people think when they’ve broken a ligament it’s their penis, but it’s not a sneaking suspicion, it’s very dramatic when you do. Dr. Spitz adds that while Ross’ situation is not very common at all, the position he was engaging in, doggy style, is the number one position associated with penis fracture.
Dr. Spitz urges folks to seek medical attention if you suspect a penis fracture or any medical condition no matter how embarrassed you are. Dr. Spitz says an injury like Ross’ left to heal on its own can heal irregularly and cause all sorts of issues like an inability to pee.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork asks Ross if he has any PTSD with intimacy. Ross says he’s much more cautious and compares it to a car accident. “You’re not going to be a worse driver but you may be like ‘hmm, maybe I shouldn’t take that turn!’”