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Dr Pixie V/O: Steven Botton is at the end of his tether. He’s hoping that his trip to the clinic will put things back on the up and up.

Steven V/O: I’ve been suffering for the last 10 years. It would just be great not to have to think about it anymore. You know, just a relief.

Receptionist: Steven, Dr Jessen is ready to see you now.

Dr Christian: Hi Steven.

Steven: Hi.

Dr Christian: I’m Dr Jessen.

Steven: Nice to meet you.

Dr Christian: Come and have a seat for me. What can I do for you?

Steven: Right, I’m here today as I’ve got a few problems with my penis. Over the past few years it’s gradually got worse. It’s curving downwards now. It’s starting to get, like the last year; it’s getting quite painful as well when I get an erection.

Dr Christian: I think really the best way I am going to assess this is to see the penis when it’s erect.

Steven: So you can see it starts off as if it’s going to be straight and then from the middle downwards it curves over.

Dr Christian: I see what you mean. There is quite a curve to that. It’s really pointing down. It’s not a banana shaped curve is it? It’s almost an L shaped curve.

Steven: Yeah.

Dr Christian: All right. Let’s pop you up on the couch and we’ll have a look, ok? I’m going to pop some gloves on. Ok. Often guys with bigger willies can injure themselves during sex, ok, because it’s much longer it’s slightly more fragile. I’ve seen really nasty penile fractures where people have broken it, literally. It’s possible that that might have happened to you. When we had had a look at your picture because it was bending downwards I think you’re getting some scarring and things on the underneath. And I think because I can feel in here as sort of hard plaque like thing and scarring going on I think you have a condition called Peyronies Disease.

Dr Pixie V/O: There are approximately 80,000 men in the UK with curvature caused by Peyronies. The causes are varied and uncertain. Damage to the penis is thought to be the most common and its thought it may run in families. And Peyronies can occur slowly over time. So, if you notice any changes to your penis get it checked out.

Dr Christian: I think you’re in line for a surgical procedure that will help you. The downside to the operation, but I don’t think it’s actually going to affect you that much, is that it can leave you with a slightly shorter penis. You might lose a few centimetres when it happens. Does that sound reasonable?

Steven: Yep.

Dr Christian: But, I think we can deal with this.

Steven: Well, that’s good. Its, kind of, what I wanted to hear.

Dr Pixie V/O: The very next day Steven is booked in to have the Nesbit procedure. This involves reducing the length of the normal side of the penis to straighten it. This option is seen as the least complicated and should have Steven straightened out in no time. Four weeks after Steven Botton’s operation to correct his curved penis he’s back at the clinic. He should be right as rain, but will he have good news?

Dr Christian: So Steven, tell me how it’s all going?

Steven: I’ve had the op; it’s a month ago now. It was quite painful; I wasn’t expecting it to be that painful, but its fine now and is healing OK.

Dr Christian: Happy?

Steven: Yeah. I could see already with the bandages on that the shape had completely changed.

Dr Christian: And as far as, I mean, it was quite curved wasn’t it?

Steven: Yeah, it’s very straight now, very straight.

Dr Christian: Did you bring some photos for me to have a look at?

Steven: Yeah.

Dr Christian: Excellent, let’s have a look at them. Yeah, I mean, this is your before picture and you really had a sort of, almost 45 degree angle, didn’t you? It was really serious. And this is your new finished one. You’re completely straight now. It’s perfect. You happy with that?

Steven: Yeah, really happy.

Dr Christian: I think that’s amazing, really amazing.

Steven: I do too.

Read the video transcript

Consultation: Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronie’s disease affects approximately 80,000 men in the UK and although it tends to run in families, it can also be caused by damage to the penis. In this consultation taken from series one of Embarrassing Illnesses, Dr Christian Jessen refers a patient with Peyronie’s to undergo surgery to correct his curve!

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I'm 28 and this might sound strange, uncommon and weird but it's true. I've had a go at sex only a couple of times my entire life. the first time, my partner didn't really get a look at my penis and things happened pretty quick..no pain, no discomfort ...the second time, we took things a little slow and she noticed that my penis hangs downwards and curves further down as u move towards the tip. She found that extremely unattractive and that was that. I lost my confidence and have lead a fairly reclusive life the past 5-6 years. I guess i've had it all my life and I HAVE finally now decided to consult a doctor about whether it is Peyronie's disease and it's subsequent treatment. But i'd just like an opinion before that. Could there be some other cause for the bent penis 'cause i've heard peyronie's disease is usually accompanied by pain and discomfort. Althouh i haven't had intercourse for a while now but i do masturbate and don't face any such problems.





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Hi I am a 15 year old boy and when my penis is unerect, semi erect and fully erect it bends to the right, when it is half erect it bends at the base but when fully erect its base and also middle. When I look in the mirror I notice my penis head is also not dead central (like it twisted) Any ideas whether its serious and a reply would be nice as my confidence is terrible





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I'm 53 and I have a bent penis, I have had all my life :-) I have had sex with many women and nearly all have said because of the curvature it creates extra pressure in the vagina which creates an extra sensation then what a straight penis does, my bent penis has be a blessing!





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Im 31 years old I've noticed over the past year that my penis bends to the left.The length of the penis is 6.5" when erected & tip goes left 1.25"approx in a curved way. Ive been searching for ways to fix this embarrassing issue and was hoping someone could enlighten me on possible solutions. thanks





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its easy to control it nd removed bending of penis .. start wear a Langot ...nd polished by almond oil..

I'm a 14 year old boy and my penis curves upwards when erect almost like a banana I don't know of its because I masterbated a lot when I was younger but I'm scared its going to effect my sex life in future. I want it to be straight please help me!





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Don't worry, a lot of men have this problem. You're completely normal (it's not peyronies disease and it's not caused by masturbation). I know because I had a penis that curved downward like a banana (some curve downward, other upward, or left or right). This can be embarrasing (it was really embarrasing for me), but it should not affect your ability to have sex. I had surgery to get rid of the curve, but I don't recommend it. It shortens your penis and results are really not that good. There's also the possibility that the surgery may make you impotent. My advice, if it's really curved like a banana, don't do anything. Just think of it as something that makes you unique. I don't think you'll have any problem having sex.

Hi i'm 16 and I have a penis that curves downward when erect. I just want to be normal in this aspect. It's nice to know that i'm not the only child this age with a penis like this, but It's still embarrassing and it has dropped my confidence by a lot. I've looked for a reason for this problem and all i've seen is stuff about Peyronie's disease, but i'm not sure if it's that.





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Read my reply to Dan above. I really don't think you have peyronies disease. You're just like me. There are many men with a penis that curves downward. Most are straight or curve up, but some curve downward. I understand the embrarrasement and lack of confidence. As you get older, you'll learn to accept it as the way you are. If it curves like a banana (not a major curve which needs medical attention), you should have no problem having a normal and rewarding sex life.

Good morning I am 57 and over the last few months I have had an uncomfortable lump in my penis along the shaft and lately when I have an erection my penis curves upwards. Its not very painfully but uncomfortable. The end part of my penis does not get as hard as the rest of my penis below the lump.





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Andrew, It sounds like this lump developed just lately in the last few months. It is slowly making your penis curve upward, and it seems to be obstructing the flow of blood in your penis (it is having a problem getting the the tip of your penis). This is not a simple scenario like "my penis curves like a banana up/down/to the left/to the right". If I were you, I would see a urologist as soon as possible. The more you wait, the worse it gets, and the more difficult it is to repair. See your doctor.

I am 16 and I have a lump on the shaft of my penis, and when erect it shows very clearly, my penis when erect also curves to the left and it is very irritating, how can I change that? Luckily my sex life isn't ruined but my self confidence is plummeting.





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Im 19 years old I've noticed over the past year that my penis bends downwards and to the left. Ive been searching for ways to fix this embarrassing issue and was hoping someone could enlighten me on possible solutions. thanks





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Yeah, I'm 17 and my penis also bends downward and to the left when erect. I've had it for some time now and I think was caused by getting erections when wearing tight briefs when I was younger, it has no where to go so it just curves. I've been looking for solutions and all I've found is some daily corrective stretching and a penis extender (which is probably really obtrusive and expensive):(

Yeah, I'm 17 and my penis also bends downward and to the left when erect. I've had it for some time now and I think was caused by getting erections when wearing tight briefs when I was younger, it has no where to go so it just curves. I've been looking for solutions and all I've found is some daily corrective stretching and a penis extender (which is probably really obtrusive and expensive):(

Hi I am 15 years old and I find it very disterbing when I get an erection because my penis curves downwards and I'm very worried and embarressed about it....What must I do?





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