Frequently Asked Questions About Peyronie’s Disease and Penile Curvature
What Is Peyronie’s Disease? Peyronie’s Disease is a scar tissue formation (plaque) in the penis that can cause various penis problems, most notably penis curvature as the scar tissue prevents the straightening of the penis.
What Are The Most Common Peyronie’s Symptoms? Penile pain, penile plaque (hard lump), penis curvature (bent penis), deformed penis and even erectile dysfunction in the worst-cases.
What Causes Peyronie’s Disease? Some form of penis injury or trauma to the penis is believed to be the most common cause.
Who Can Get Peyronie’s Disease? Any adult male can develop Peyronie’s disease but it is most common in men between the age of 45 and 65. This may because the natural elasticity of the connective tissue declines with increased age.
What Are The Peyronie’s Stages? There are two Peyronie’s Stages. The first stage is the acute or active Peyronie’s stage, which usually lasts up to 12 to 18 months. This is when most of the changes to the penis occur, i.e. the disease is progressing. The second phase is the chronic or stable Peyronie’s stage, when the progression of the disease stops. It is strongly recommended to start your Peyronie’s treatment as soon as possible and ideally during the initial acute stage (as you can expect better results the sooner you start your treatment).
How Does Penis With Peyronie’s Disease Look Like? Penis curvature and penile deformity is the most noticeable symptoms of Peyronie’s disease. The shape of the penis depends on the size and location of the penis plaque, i.e. the larger the plaque, the more noticeable your penis deformity will be.
Is Erectile Dysfunction Always Part Of Peyronie’s Disease? Erectile dysfunction is the persistent inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance. Not all men with Peyronie’s disease suffer from erectile dysfunction, but many do, either temporarily or permanently. There are number of possible reasons for Erectile Dysfunction to occur and number of ways to address most of them. Most men with Peyronie’s disease do find some ways to keep intimacy alive in their relationships.
How Do I Know If I Have Peyronie’s Disease And Not Congenital Curvature? It sounds relatively straightforward, one you are born with (Congenital Curvature), while the other one is acquired as the result of a penis injury (Peyronie’s disease). However, to be absolutely sure you should see your doctor for formal diagnoses.
Can Peyronie’s Resolve On Its Own? It is estimated that Peyronie’s disease improves or resolves without any treatment in 5 – 15% of cases. As the sooner you start treatment the better result you are likely to get from the treatment. Most professionals recommend starting some form of Peyronie’s treatment during the acute phase and ideally within 6 months of noticing the first symptoms.
What Peyronie’s Treatments Are Available? There are various treatments available for Peyronie’s. Non-surgical treatments include medication (oral and injections), medical devices (penis traction device and penis vacuum pump) among other more controversial treatment options. Surgical treatments are reserved for the most severe cases and are only performed on Peyronie’s patients that have reached the stable stage. Most men have exhausted the non-surgical treatment option prior to opting for penis surgery. I recommend reading thoroughly about each Peyronie’s Treatment option before deciding (with your doctor and partner if you have one) which treatment to go for.
What Is The Best Treatment For Peyronie’s Disease? There is no magic treatment for Peyronie’s available. There are however number of treatment options. Some work well for some men but not for others. Most Peyronie’s specialist today recommend starting some non-surgical Peyronie’s treatment as soon as possible and even combine number of treatments. Dr Gautam Banga is among the very few urologists in India who are exclusively devoted to surgery of urethra and external genitalia.
What Results Can I Expect From My Peyronie’s Treatment? The sooner you start your treatment and how dedicated you are to your treatment can affect the outcome.
Why Should I Always See A Doctor About My Peyronie’s Disease? Peyronie’s disease is a medical condition so you must see a Peyronie’s specialist, a doctor that specializes in treating men with Peyronie’s disease (Urologist). The better prepared you are for your visit, the better result you will get from your meeting. Good preparation will help you to ask the right questions and understand better the answers and explanations your doctor gives you.