News Thursday August 5, 2010

'Penis doctor’ goes international

An American ‘penis doctor’ is extending his services to Australia.

Dr Paul Perito from Florida, operates on men with erection problems. His innovative technique involves operating on the tip of the penis, rather than the underside. It takes between 10 and 20 minutes to perform. Doctors in Sydney believe his skills to be “impressive” and “superb”. Perito received similar praise from US surgeons. One called him “a very, very good surgeon”.

However, Perito found himself at the center of controversy in 2004. He and a business partner were arrested on suspicion of dealing in diluted HIV and cancer drugs from a strip club their he had owned with a business partner. Initial charges were dropped. He insists that he “invested in people who were engaged in illegal activity,” and that he himself did not endorse their actions.

Florida state prosecutor, Stephen ImMasche stood up for the surgeon when talking to journalists. He told them: “''Paul Perito was not cut from the same cloth as the people he was doing business with or associating with at that club. He's fairly well-to-do and well respected.''

Dr Perito claims on his website to have carried out over 3,000 minimally invasive penile implant operations since 2005. He states: “I believe that by limiting my dissection of the fragile and essential spongy tissues of the penis, my surgical outcomes are superior to other techniques.”

Doctors recommend that to treat erectile dysfunction, men should take impotence treatment. Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are all approved for use. Surgery is risky and may cause side effects. The root cause of impotence is either physical or psychological. If mental problems are the cause, counselling or other forms of therapy may be the best way forward. An estimated 1 in 2 men become impotent at some point in their later lives.

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