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Peyronie's Disease - Surgery & Other Treatments
This entry was posted on 15/11/2012.
What is Peyronie's Disease?
Peyronie's disease is a condition affecting the penis, and although it's fairly common (around one in 100 men), not many people have heard of it. Not only can it be an embarassing, it can also cause extreme pain and discomfort, causing men to have to consider surgery to correct the problem.
Peyronie's disease usually manifests itself by causing the penis to develop a curve. This is caused when a plaque, or hard lump, forms on the upper or lower side of the penis shaft. If the plaque forms on the top of the shaft (which is the most common form of Peyronie's), then the penis curves upwards. If the plaque forms on the underside of the penis, then it will curve downwards.
It's uncommon, but not impossible, for a man to develop plaques on the top and bottom of the shaft, which can cause shortening of the penis.
The hardened plaques can cause a great deal of pain and in the worst cases it can make sex impossible. Many men with Peyronie's disease report a lack of self-esteem, emotional distress and even depression.
What are the causes of Peyronie's Disease?
Doctors aren't 100% certain what causes Peyronie's disease but there are a number of possible causes.
- Genetic predisposition: There's a mild family link.
- Trauma: Many experts think that the 'plaque' formed in Peyronie's disease can form following a trauma to the penis, such as hitting or bending it.
- Dupuytren's Contracture: People suffering with this condition sometimes suffer from Peyronie's as their tissues are more likely to scar.
However, it's not certain what causes Peyronie's, and some men with none of the above happen to develop the condition.
What are my options for treatment of Peyronie's?
Peyronie's disease is often mild and doesn't require treatment. Normally, the disease stops progressing after 6-18 months and does not get any worse. However if the condition makes it impossible for a man to have sex doctors will offer treatment options aim to help the man to stay as sexually active as possible.
Surgery for Peyronie's Disease
Usually, doctors only perform surgery for Peyronie's when the disease has stabilised and it's not getting worse. Normally, surgery is only performed if the deformity is very painful and prevents a man from having intercourse.
The two most common operations performed to treat Peyronie's are:
- The Lue Procedure: The plaque that has formed inside the penis is removed and replaced with a patch of skin. This can correct the curvature, however can cause erective dysfunction and other complications.
- The Nesbit Procedure: Removal of tissue on the opposite side of the penis to where the plaque is. This helps to straighten the penis, however it can cause the erect penis to become shorter.
Because of the possibility of side-effects as with any surgery, there are also a number of non-surgical treatments for Peyronie's that a doctor may prescribe:
- Injections of collagenase: This enzyme attacks collagen which is what the plaques formed on the penis are formed of.
- Radiation therapy: While this won't reduce the plaque, it can help pain, however there are a number of unwelcome side effects.
- Vitamin E tablets
- Para-aminobenzoate tablets
External traction as a non-surgical alternative to Peyronie's disease
Doctors are currently looking at the efficacy of external traction devices in the treatment of Peyronie's disease and have seen promising results.
Here at StressNoMore, we stock the Andropeyronie Medical Penis Device, which has been specially designed specifically to help men suffering from curvature of the penis, or Peyronie's Disease. The Andropeyronie by Andro Medical is a clinically tested medical device which has been clinically proven to help correct penile curvature by as much as 40% in as little as 3-6 months and works on the principle of traction.
The Andropeyronie is also a useful aid to men who have already undergone surgery for Peyronie's disease. The application of gentle traction to the penis helps to prevent the scar tissue retracting, thus helping you to avoid loss of penis length.
An external traction device, such as the Andropeyronie, may help you to avoid painful surgery and the potential side effects. These traction devices have no such side effects and the clinically tested results of the Andropeyronie have been clinically verified on an international level.