The disease is characterized by a hard, fibrous layer of scar tissue (plaque) that usually develops under the skin on the upper or lower side of the penis. When the penis is erect, the scar tissue pulls the affected area off at an angle, causing a curved penis. The plaque, formed by thickened layers of erectile tissue, is non-cancerous (benign).
The history of Peyronie’s disease starts with the French surgeon Francois de la Peyronie, who first described this condition in 1743. Peyronie’s disease can become a source of mental and emotional stress for you and your partner. Nevertheless, having this disease shouldn’t be seen as a reflection of your health, virility or masculinity.
How is Peyronie’s Disease Treated?
If you have Peyronie’s disease that has progressed to include erectile dysfunction, remember that your partner may see your inability to have intercourse as a sign of diminished sexual desire. Communication is the key to making sure that this is not the case and will help strengthen your relationship. The most important thing is that there are quite a few choices for treating Peyronie’s.
You don’t need to suffer in silence as there are quite a few options at your disposal! Corrective surgery is one of the first things you’ll hear about when discussing Peyronie’s disease and treatment with your doctor. One procedure is performed to straighten the curved penis by ‘tucking’ the longer side with penis pumps just under the skin.
The key to the success of a surgical intervention is that it incorporates multiple pairs of sutures, which act together to lessen the tension on the other sutures during an erection and lessen the likelihood of any one suture breaking. It is not necessary to separate the nerve, blood vessel or urethra from the wall of the penis, as is often done” with corrective surgery.
4 Ways to Treat Peyronie’s Disease
Other types of surgery are quite invasive and run a higher risk of more severe side effects like numbness, incomplete straightness, and impotence. After the surgery, 63% of the patients in the current study had good erections, 25% moderate erections requiring sildenafil, and 12% poor erections. “At 6 months 93% of patients reported straight erections and 7% reported almost straight but acceptable erections,” the authors of the study note.
Researchers have found that, at a mean follow-up of 2.6 years, 15% of patients reported recurrence of curvature. In addition, four patients reported worsening erectile dysfunction. The down size of this procedure, as with any surgical procedures, is that the long term effects will not match your expectations.
Nonsurgical treatment options
Penis enlargement pills may sound an unlikely choice of treatment here, but they have been proved effective in treating the curvature of the penis with the added bonus of not having to undergo dangerous surgical procedures. By bending the penis little by little to the opposite side, you can break the plaque, correct the curvature and restore the penis to its original shape.
The exercise is perfectly safe and can be performed by any man without special guidance or oversight as long as the directions are followed properly. Of course you won’t get the overnight results you can expect with surgery, but then again you won’t risk having a shorter penis or even not being able to engage in sexual intercourse at all.