Peyronie’s disease is a condition where fibrous scar tissues form under the surface of the penis. The scar tissue can make it difficult for men to maintain a straight erection. Men with this condition typically have a painful curvature of the penis, which makes sexual intercourse very painful or even impossible.
There have been mixed results for extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT); for instance, some men noted no significant changes in terms of the amount of plaque in their penis, sexual function, or penile curvature. However, a good majority of them experienced pain relief.
Symptoms of Peyronie’s disease can occur over time but they can also happen suddenly. Some symptoms include:
- Build-Up of Scar Tissue
You may notice bands or hard lumps under the skin of the penis.
- Misshapen Penis
The shape of the penis may change. It may appear narrow, have an hourglass shape, or indents might appear.
- Erectile Dysfunction
Peyronie’s disease may cause men to have trouble maintaining or getting an erection.
- Shortening of the Penis
Peyronie’s disease may cause the length of the penis to shorten over time.
- Pain in the Penis
Pain in the penis may be present whether there is an erection or not.
- Bend in the Penis
The penis may have a curve or bend regardless of an erection.
The exact causes of Peyronie’s disease are still not known. However, many men who have this condition went through some kind of trauma. Typically, when a penis erects, blood will flow in and fill the chambers within. There is an elastic tissue that goes alongside the chambers and acts as protection, which allows the penis to become fully erect.
This protective sheath or elastic tissue can become damaged from trauma, which can cause scar tissue or plaque to buildup. This reduces elasticity and flexibility, which can lead to a bend or curvature.
Some causes include:
If the penis is hit or bent due to an accident, this can lead to acute injury.
- Chronic Injury
Repeated injury to the penis can lead to Peyronie’s disease.
- Autoimmune Disorders
An autoimmune condition can cause the immune system to attack cells within the penis, which can lead to scar tissue and curvature.
- Family History
Men who have a family who has had Peyronie’s disease may be at a higher risk.
Age can lead to reduced elasticity in the penile tissue, which can lead to Peyronie’s disease.
If you are experiencing curvature to your penis or penile pain, then it is crucial to seek a healthcare professional. A doctor can examine the penis and look for plaque. X-rays and ultrasound may also be used. Some treatment plans include:
- Wait and See
Sometimes Peyronie’s disease may go away on its own but pain management may be required.
- Lifestyle Changes
Some lifestyles can make Peyronie’s disease worse such as alcohol consumption, drug use, and smoking. Eliminating vices and exercising and eating right can make a big difference.
- Prescription Medications
Your doctor can prescribe medication that focuses on reducing curvature, plaque, and pain.
This is recommended only for severe or long term cases of Peyronie’s Disease
- Vacuum Devices
These are devices designed to bend and stretch the penis back into a normal shape.
- Shockwave Therapy or Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)
As one of the treatments for Peyronie’s disease, extracorporeal shock wave therapy is worth considering. It’s a non-invasive, practically painless procedure that leaves you feeling a slight discomfort. It’s a process that emits shockwaves to break up the plaque in the penis and restore the organ’s natural erectile ability.
- Priapus Shot® or P-Shot®
For penile rejuvenation, this treatment is definitely a worthy option. With pain-free injections using the patient’s own platelet-rich plasma (PRP), the procedure aims to promote natural tissue growth. When injected in the penile area, the patient is able to experience improved erections that last longer.
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