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Men with Peyronie’s have an abnormal curve in their penis caused by areas of hardened scar tissue that form under the surface of the skin. The scarring also makes the penis less flexible and may also cause pain and problems with erections and sexual intercourse.
Experts believe that this scarring develops as a result of abnormal wound healing, when an erect penis is injured through rough sex, or a hard impact in the groin during sports or a nasty prank. Often, you may not be aware of the injury. Sometimes, the curvature is severe enough to make any form of penetration difficult.
Cogenital Penile Curvature is another condition is another cause of a curved penis. In this instance, the curvature is not caused by any scar tissue.
There are two phases to Peyronie’s — Active (the painful phase) where there can be penile pain, and chronic, when the condition stabilises, and the penis take a permanent bend.
Men who are in the active phase of Peyronie’s disease may opt for nonsurgical treatments
The low intensity extracorporeal shockwave treatment works on the basis of powerful acoustic waves. When these waves are directed at the hardened scar tissue, they can exert a mechanical effect that breaks the scar down. ESWT also helps blood flow to the area where the scar is which support the growth of special cells in the blood called macrophages that lyse or “eat” through the scar and minimise pain during the acute or even in the stable phase of the disease.
A vacuum erection device is a cylinder that is attached to a pump. When activated, the device creates a vacuum that forces blood into the penis. With traction applied to the penis, the scar tissues are stretched out and allowed to slowly disintegrate. Stretching of the penis through the use of vacuum pumps is a useful method of penile rehab maintaining blood flow, girth and length of the penis.
Platelet Rich Plasma is the special golden extract rich in growth factors that is obtained when a sample of your blood is spun down in specialised tubes in a centrifuge. This extract is then injected into the scar or painful area. The injections help to reduce inflammation and promote tissue healing.
This new and novel strategy has promising data from studies that PRP can reduce the plaque size by 50%, improve the curve of the penis by 50% and reduce pain from Peyronie’s disease by 80%.
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How does Peyronie’s disease affect sexual relationships?
In some cases, patients with Peyronie’s disease find that erections and sexual intercourse are difficult or even impossible. There is also an emotional impact as patients may feel anxious or depressed about satisfying their partner.
We encourage couples to come for consultations together to facilitate an open communication where they can express their concerns and needs to help us provide better recommendations and adjustments for maintaining intimacy in their sexual relationship.
Can Peyronie’s disease cause erectile dysfunction?
It is possible that some men with Peyronie’s disease may also develop erectile dysfunction, as the plaques may make it difficult for an erection to occur, or for a strong erection to be sustained.
As men who are dealing with Peyronie’s disease are often in distress about their condition, this may lead to psychological issues and ‘performance anxiety’ that may affect their erections as well.
Fortunately, both conditions can be managed. Speak to a doctor to determine the appropriate treatment options for your situation.
Is surgery required to treat Peyronie’s disease?
Most men do not require surgery, as the abnormal penile curvature is often not severe. For severe cases, surgery is required. Tunica Albuginea Plication involves stitching tissue on the opposite side of the affected area to even out the curvature. More severe cases are treated with a plaque incision and grafting procedure, which involves cutting out the plaques and filling it with tissue from another part of your body.
Surgery can only be done once the Peyronie’s disease has stabilised and the abnormal curvature is at its peak and not worsening further – meaning the disease is in its chronic phase.