What is Peyronie’s Disease?
What is Peyronie’s disease?
Peyronie’s disease is a painful condition where an injury to the penis creates scar tissue that causes curved and painful erections. While many men have slightly curved erections, the curves associated with Peyronie’s are significant and cause pronounced pain. The disease makes it difficult to have sex as it can prevent men from getting or maintaining an erection.
What causes Peyronie’s disease?
Repeated injury to the penis, through athletic or sexual activities, is generally thought to be the cause of the disease. However, many times there is no known injury. Symptoms – development of scar tissue, a bend in the erect penis, and pain, either with or without an erection – may appear suddenly or gradually.
Who can get Peyronie’s disease?
It’s not fully known, but a variety of factors that affect scar tissue buildup and wound healing may come into play. Those who have family members with the disease are more likely to get it too. Additionally, risk is higher for men who have disorders of the connective tissue or are older than 55.
How is Peyronie’s disease treated?
After a doctor’s examination, watchful waiting may be recommended if your symptoms are less severe and don’t interfere too much with your daily life. If your symptoms are more severe, your doctor may recommend medications or surgery.
Are there non-surgical or non-drug treatments for Peyronie’s disease?
Yes, there are, and our office provides both of them! The Priapus shot™, or P-Shot™, has been shown to improve the symptoms of Peyronie’s disease in some men (in one study of 90 men, the treatment was 70% efficient). The GAINSWave™ is another treatment that has provided successful outcomes. If you think you would benefit from these procedures, contact us today to schedule a consultation!