Man with erection for 36 hours undergoes surgery to prevent penis from ‘dying’

Elliott Rossiter, 41, was visiting friends in France when he got a “non-sexual” erection as a result of medication he was taking.

The occupational therapist visited GPs who injected his appendage with steroids – but it still refused to go down.

After hours of pain, he was admitted to the hospital where surgeons warned his penis could “die”.

He had no choice but to let doctors cut a small hole in the base of his penis to drain out the blood.

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Thankfully it worked – but Elliot, from Bristol, admits he’s worried about getting frisky for the next month.

Elliott, who has a girlfriend, said: “I have never experienced pain like it before. It was absolute agony and to be honest, I was terrified. I thought it would never go away…

"I couldn't let any clothes touch it. That's how painful it was. They basically said my penis would die if I didn't have an operation.

"The blood had just collected in my penis and wasn't draining away. I was very scared by this point. I would like to have children at some point and when this happened I did wonder if I'd ever get the chance to."

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Elliott’s raging two-day erection was caused by a priapism – a prolonged erection of the penis not associated with sexual stimulation.

It can be caused by withdrawal from some medications, and Elliott was weaning himself off strong painkillers he took following a skiing accident.

The injury, which happened in the French Alps in 2012, took Elliott eight months to heal fully. Elliott was prescribed codeine for the pain, and also took oxycodone and morphine sulphate before eventually quitting in 2016.

He continued: "I began to realise that my habits were an addiction and my life was revolving around them. I needed to change because I had gone crazy with the pills."

Approaching the final hurdle in his recovery, Elliott got into counselling when he went to Nice, France, for a week in October 2016.

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His old school friend Jenny Paul, 38, asked him to visit her to take his mind off things, but within an hour of his arrival, he randomly got an erection.

He said: "We were all just sat around and it just came on. I tried to get rid of it but couldn't. I just got an erection. It wasn't sexual in any way at all and I wasn't feeling aroused.

"I've never had a problem like this before, maybe it was because I was surrounded by so much female energy. I had to tell Jenny but it was really embarrassing. It was much bigger than a normal erection.

"I had only been there for about 90 minutes and it just appeared. I tried to relieve myself in the usual way but I couldn't get rid of it."

At least 19 hours later, Jenny took Elliott to see her local GP who gave him two rounds of anti-inflammatory and steroid injections, designed to soften his penis.

But when the injections failed, he felt as though he had no choice but to go to the local hospital.

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Doctors at the Hospital Pasteur diagnosed Elliott with a priapism – a persistent erection. Drug-induced priapism can occur when some men take a range of medicines.

When left untreated, it can cause serious complications because the blood trapped in the penis is deprived of oxygen, and can begin to damage or destroy tissue.

Elliott said surgeons had to cut a small hole in his penis to drain the blood after it pooled in the muscle.

He said he was "terrified" when doctors told him his penis needed operating on, and feared he may be left infertile.

"I could barely walk, I was doubled over. It was absolute agony", he explained.

Luckily, the surgery was a success, and apart from being left with two small scars, Elliott’s penis has worked normal ever since.

But in the immediate aftermath of the operation, Elliott said he was "scared to death" to get an erection again, fearing he may stay hard for hours once again.

He concluded: "I was terrified to get one to begin with. I was definitely scared. But I was so relieved when I found out it was working as it should. I have never experienced anything like it and I don't want to ever again."

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