Peyronie’s Disease

If you’ve noticed a painful curve in your penis, you may have Peyronie’s disease. All penises vary and can have a slight curve but with Peyronie’s disease, the curve is significant and very painful. It’s usually associated with hard lumps or bands of scar tissue just underneath the skin.

Understanding Peyronie's Disease

The penis is made of a spongy material that fills with blood and expands during an erection. With Peyronie’s disease, the fibrous scar tissue restricts the blood flow and stops the spongy tissue from expanding with the rest of the penis. This is what causes the penis to curve while erect.

Doctors don’t know exactly what causes Peyronie’s disease but it could be described as wound healing disorder. Usually, after an accident or some sort of repeated or persistent trauma like sex or a physical activity, the penis will essentially overcompensate the healing process and cause too much collagen to build up and form a fibrous plaque, which is the hard lumps under the skin of the penis. Sometimes, it will correct itself, but the curve is more likely to remain the same or even become worse. The curve can be so drastic that it will make sexual intercourse extremely painful or practically impossible. If you’ve been diagnosed with Peyronie’s, there’s a range of treatment plans ranging from oral medication to minor surgery that can correct the curvature of the penis.

Understanding Peyronie's Disease

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The Stages of Peyronie's Disease

There are two stages of Peyronie’s disease: Acute and Chronic.

Acute Peyronie’s Disease

This is the first stage of the disease and usually lasts the first 12 to 18 months. This is when the most physical change will happen to the penis. Symptoms of penile pain, curving of the penis, penis deformity or even erectile dysfunction will become very apparent in this phase. Penile pain is typically one of the first symptoms most men experience. Afterward, men will notice a change in penis shape caused by the fibrous scar tissue collecting under the skin. Some penis deformities men find are indentations, hourglass narrowing, penis shrinkage, and loss of girth but the most common is a bend or curve.

Most doctors and specialists believe that the elasticity of the penis can be treated during this phase. So seeking medical treatment earlier is always better than waiting around to see if it gets worse. The doctor can help reduce the inflammation and even stop the development of the disease and reduce any further deformity.  Hopefully, you’ll see a full or partial reversal of the condition.

Chronic Peyronie’s Disease

Chronic or Stable Peyronie’s disease usually occurs after 12 to 18 months of the first phase. Usually, the symptoms of the disease will stabilize at this point, hence the name. Penis pain will subside and the penis will stop deforming and stabilize. Sometimes, ED or erectile dysfunction can affect men during this phase.

At times, Acute Peyronie’s disease will flare up and cause more damage to the penis. Doctors recommend to seek treatment immediately after noticing your Peyronie’s disease, but it’s never too late for treatment. Although, the farther along the disease, the more drastic the treatment plan.

What Causes Peyronie's Disease?

It isn’t exactly known what causes Peyronie’s disease, but most doctors believe it’s is caused by prolonged trauma or damage to the penis usually through sex or physical activity. Sometimes, even regular intercourse over a period of time can damage the penis and cause Peyronie’s disease. Beyond damaging the penis, there are several other causes of Peyronie’s disease.

Low Testosterone

Recent studies have shown a relationship between low testosterone and Peyronie’s disease. Speak to your doctor about testing your testosterone level during your next checkup.

Medication Side Effects

Some medications will have Peyronie’s disease as a possible side effect. Although the possibility is low, many beta blockers like Acebutolol may cause Peyronie’s disease.

Genetic

It may be hereditary. Some studies may have found a connection between a dominant gene and the possibility of Peyronie’s disease. Other inherited disease, like connective tissue disorder, may also cause Peyronie’s disease.

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Non-surgical Treatments for Peyronie's Disease Near Atlanta, Georgia

Surgery is often the last option for men suffering from this condition, but there are plenty of non-surgical treatments for Peyronie’s Disease. Such as:

Drugs and Injections

The most common treatment is taking an oral medication or injections directly into the penis. These drugs can break up the scar tissue built up under the skin and prevent more plaque formation.

Stretching Devices

There have been some promising results with devices that stretch the scar tissue out and align the penis.

Electroshock Wave Therapy

The current activates the healing process and has shown to have corrective results.

While some doctors and specialists are divided on the advantages of non-surgical treatments for Peyronie’s disease, studies have shown results. Speak to an Atlanta urologist about non-surgical treatments for Peyronie’s disease today.

Non-surgical Treatments for Peyronie's Disease Near Atlanta, Georgia

Surgical Treatments for Peyronie's Disease in Atlanta, Georgia

For the most severe cases of Peyronie’s disease, many doctors recommend surgery. Unfortunately, surgery is the most expensive option and carries the most risks. Usually, a quick outpatient procedure with an overnight stay. With the most common method, the doctor will make tiny incisions or cuts into the penis and straightens the penis with stitches. In some very severe cases, the doctor will cut directly into the fibrous scar tissue and remove the tissue.

For men who also experience ED (erectile dysfunction), the doctor will recommend a penis implant. A small device that is implanted into the penis and testicles that corrects the curve of the penis and allows the penis to erect. Speak to a urologist in Atlanta about possible surgical treatments for Peyronie’s disease today.

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