Peyronie’s Disease is caused by damage to penile tissue creating scar tissue known as plaque. The size and location of the plaque can cause the penis to bend upward or downward or be indented. The bending can happen gradually, starting with lumps and soreness that go on to develop into a hardened scar, or it can appear suddenly – almost overnight. Although mostly found in middle-aged men, Peyronie’s Disease can occur at any age. Estimates show that more than 80,000 men in the UK may have the disease.
What is the treatment for Peyronie’s?
Quick and accurate diagnosis is the first step in effectively treating Peyronie’s. But many men are reluctant to visit the doctor when they first notice an unusual curvature or pain in their erect penis. Occasionally their reluctance leads to self-misdiagnosis resulting in further anguish and distress by thinking they have cancer or a sexually transmitted disease.
However, in my experience, when intercourse becomes a struggle, men with Peyronie’s Disease finally seek medical help – often as a result of their partner’s encouragement. Even after the diagnosis of Peyronie’s Disease is confirmed, the course for healing can take many directions.
- The early stage is also known as the acute inflammatory stage of Peyronie’s Disease lasts from approximately 6-18 months. The stage is characterised by painful and weak erections or difficult ejaculations caused by an inflammation, which can then develop into hardened scar tissue. Men may experience pain; varying degrees of penile curvature, shortening or indentation; and the formation of a lump of scar tissue.
- The second phase, the chronic stage of Peyronie’s Disease, is when stable scar forms and the deformity stabilises which may result in erectile dysfunction or loss of penile length. Many surgeons prefer to wait at least one year to surgically correct the curvature to help keep it from returning.
Doctors often first try a “wait and watch” approach since Peyronie’s Disease symptoms may improve on their own with no treatment necessary in correcting the curvature – mostly within the first year.
Can Peyronie’s be treated non-surgically?
There are also a number of non-surgical treatment options available including oral medications, injections, topical treatments shock wave and energy therapies, traction devices, and vacuum therapy. Other therapies are under investigation.
Remember that there is life after Peyronie’s; and that the day to day living with the disease should not be left to get the better of you. Having the right resources at hand, understanding the numerous options for treatment and discussing them with a physician are the first and effective steps in treating Peyronie’s. As a result, you can often stop the disease from turning into a crisis.
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