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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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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