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Dear Doctor,

My penis is permanently damaged due to jelqing. It's been five years since this damaged occurred and my erection has been weak, painful and quickly vanishing ever since. Viagra makes it stronger but causes horrible pain so it is not enjoyable at all.

I went to a urologist but he berated me and refused to listen to my story. It was so humiliating that I never went to another urologist.

Now I hear tests are available to diagnose the blood flow in the penis and venous ligation my be able to help cure my problem. How can I find a urologist who will perform these tests without first having to go through multiple humiliating experiences before finding one who will take me seriously? Why is there no much ignorance amongst urologists on this important and pervasive problem? It seems the internet is littered with poor guys like me but doctors in general are still  ignorant of this fact and treat us like we are stupid and or crazy.

Thanks

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Joe:

A urologist who treated you the way you described should be ashamed.

Yes, we can diagnose blood flow, but if you've caused significant damage to the penis sufficient to cause pain with Viagra, I am concerned that alternative measures may also fail due to the same problem.  This can happen with scar tissue from the injury.  Venous ligation is not particularly successful and so has been largely abandoned.  To help you find a competent urologist, check with the Sexual Medicine Society of North America.  This official medical group consists of urologists who have made an effort to become more expert at sexual function problems.  www.smsna.org is their website.

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Stephen W. Leslie, MD

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Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.

Experience

Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

Organizations
American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Publications
Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Education/Credentials
Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors
Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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