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I recently suffered a straddle injury to my urethra which later caused blood to squirt out my penis after urinating, I have been to hospital overnight for observation with no more bleeding and clear urine, I was given antibiotics and released. how was the bleeding caused how long will a tear or burst blood vessel take to heal, what should I do/not do for the 1st week recovery

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Walter:

The bleeding was caused by the fall and some damage was done to the urethra and possibly to the prostate.  Healing will depend on the exact nature and severity of the injury which cannot be determined from the given information.  I would strongly suggest that you consult with a urologist to see what followup examinations if any need to be done.  For example, a retrograde urethrogram, a type of x-ray, can be done later to make sure no significant scarring or damage remains.

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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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