If it weren't for penises, Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt would be out of a job. Penises are his life. He sees over 20 of them a day, actually. He wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Is it weird that I love that I play with balls for a living?” he wonders to Men’s Health.
Brahmbhatt is a urologist at Orlando Health's South Lake Hospital in Clermont, Florida, where he’s also the co-director of the PUR Clinic, which stands for Personalised Urology and Robotics. His expertise is in both the male and female urinary tracts as well as male reproductive health. While he does see female patients for urinary tract issues, the male genitalia take up most of his time.
“My mom has a hard time explaining what I do to her friends,” he says.
His day revolves around penises — many that are experiencing erectile dysfunction, others that pee too much, some that don’t pee enough, and the occasional one that that has a BB pellet shoved up it (yes, really).
He spends much of his day doing physical exams of the male genitalia. Testicle pain? Brahmbhatt's who you want to see. Having a hard time getting it up? Brahmbhatt can help with that.
He also does a lot of surgeries on penises and balls that go way beyond a vasectomy. His clinic is one of the first to use surgical robots on male genetalia for something outside of treating cancer. "The technology we're using is pretty cool. We use (surgical robots) to do everything from help eliminate chronic ball pain to putting implants in prostates to help guys pee better."
Like any other doctor, Brahmbhatt also is on-call for emergencies. And unlike a lot of other doctors, he absolutely loves being on-call for the E.R. He never quite knows what to expect. He’s seen dildos stuck in rectums, very stubborn cock rings, a few gunshot wounds to the genital area and a whole lot of broken penises.
“Whenever I think I’m having a bad day, and I see one of those (a broken penis) I just think, well, I’m definitely not having as bad of a day as this guy,” he chuckles, “And I get to help him, which is great.”
Brahmbhatt says that as a urologist, getting called into the E.R. isn't usually for something life-threatening, because, well, you cansurvive without a penis. But most guys would really prefer to keep it running, and Brahmbhatt loves that he can help.
It takes a certain type of person to be a urologist, Brahmbhatt explains. Guys simply aren’t that comfortable talking about their health, and especially not their penises. “Being a urologist requires a good sense of humor,” he says. “You’re talking about pretty sensitive things. Everything we deal with is an uncomfortable part of the body. That’s what attracted me to it. The personality of a urologist is to be able to break down barriers in seconds.”
Brahmbhatt says his patients are potentially telling him more about themselves than they’ve ever told anyone in their entire lives — which is why he immediately goes in, finds some common ground, and maybe cracks a penis joke or two to lighten the mood.
“Once a patient relaxes, they really open up,” he says. “You’d be surprised by how many times I’ve gone into a room thinking there was one thing wrong with a guy, and then he tells me something completely different from what he told the nurse."
Brahmbhatt has heard about every excuse in the book from guys. They flat-out lie to the nurse about why they’re at the doctor, then usually open up to Brahmbhatt about what really happened. But he says the best excuses are in the E.R., with penis trauma.
“Guys with penis trauma were usually doing something they shouldn't have been doing," he says. "They’ll say that they slammed their car door into their groin or had an accident at the gym. Then I come in and I’ll find out they were doing doggie and missed the vagina, or something. I love hearing all the excuses, though. Guys are just so uncomfortable talking about this stuff.”
That’s something Brahmbhatt is trying to change — the way guys take care of themselves and talk about their health. For the past few years, he’s done an annual "Drive 4 Men’s Health" to try to get guys to talk about their health and to go to the doctor. Every June, he and his partner drive across the country in a cool car, stopping in as many cities as they can to try and change the way guys view their health. What really gets guys to perk up and listen? The car, of course.
“Guys don’t realise they should be getting their prostates checked every year,” he says. “What I say is, ‘You have a car, right? You get the oil changed, you do maintenance work on it. Same with your body. Big difference is, if your car breaks down, you can get a new one. You only have one body.’”
Something else Brahmbhatt says is extremely common is guys coming in worrying about their penis size.
“Most guys come in and think they’re not adequate. I’ve seen a lot of penises, and I can tell you right now, you’re fine. I’ve never seen a penis I didn’t think couldn’t actually have sex,” he says. “My advice to guys is to stop looking at porn and judging your penis. You may not be able to be employed in Vegas as a porn star, like most men, but you’re completely fine.”
Take it from a guy who has seen thousands of penises.
This article originally appeared on Men's Health