Peyronie’s Disease is a form of erectile dysfunction that can cause both physical and emotional scarring. We will now explain to you more about it as well as possible Peyronie’s Disease treatments that we have available to you, alongside the other options.
What is Peyronie’s Disease?
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 Causes It?
It is hard to pinpoint what actually the scar tissue to develop with many different theories having been put forward. While injury or trauma might explain some acute cases of Peyronie’s Disease, it does not explain why most cases develop slowly and with no apparent traumatic event.
Some researchers theorise that Peyronie’s Disease may be an autoimmune disorder. One study compared 66 patients with Peyronie’s Disease with 20 controls of the same age. They found that 75.8% of patients with Peyronie’s had at least one abnormal immunologic test, compared with only 10% in the control group.
This may explain why there are some recognised systemic disorders that are associated with the disease, such as:
- Dupuytren’s contracture, a condition for the hands and fingers, which can cause the affected fingers to bend towards the palm and won’t allow patients to straighten fingers fully.
- Paget’s disease, a chronic skeletal disorder that may result in enlarged or deformed bones in one or more regions of the skeleton.
How does the disease progress?
The development of Peyronie’s Disease is not that well understood either. Symptoms have been known to improve or worsen over time; but it is usual for the suffer to experience pain during an erection, making sexual intercourse very difficult. With the result that in addition to the physical scarring Peyronie’s Disease can leave its emotional mark.
Without good communication and understanding in a relationship, Peyronie’s Disease can cause huge amounts of distress. Even in a loving relationship it can disrupt a couple’s physical and emotional relationship and lead to lowered self-esteem in the man.
What’s the Treatment?
Quick and accurate diagnosis is the first step in effectively treating Peyronie’s Disease. 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.
What About Surgery?
Surgery is an option when non-surgical treatments are not working and may be one of the only effective Peyronie’s Disease treatments for severe cases. To minimise the reoccurrence of the disease physicians, recommend that the patient’s disease be in a stable, inactive phase for at least six months.
Some men choose to receive an implanted device that increases rigidity of the penis. In some cases, an implant alone will straighten the penis adequately. In other cases, implantation is combined with a technique of incisions and grafting if the implant does not straighten the penis.