Additional Peyronie’s Disease Information
Peyronie’s disease is a common condition affecting as many as 1 in 11 men.
Peyronie’s disease is a noncancerous condition resulting from fibrous scar tissue that develops on the penis and causes curved, painful erections. Penises vary in shape and size, and having a curved erection isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. Peyronie’s disease causes a significant bend or pain in some men.
This can prevent you from having sex or might make it difficult to get or maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction). For many men, Peyronie’s disease also causes stress and anxiety. Penile shortening is another common concern.
Peyronie’s disease rarely goes away on its own. In most men with Peyronie’s disease, the condition will remain as is or worsen. Early treatment soon after developing the condition may keep it from getting worse or even improve symptoms. Even if you’ve had the condition for some time, treatment may help improve bothersome symptoms, such as pain, curvature, and penile shortening. (source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peyronies-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20353468)
Peyronie’s disease signs and symptoms might appear suddenly or develop gradually. The most common signs and symptoms include:
- Scar tissue. The scar tissue associated with Peyronie’s disease — called plaque but different from plaque that can build up in blood vessels — can be felt under the skin of the penis as flat lumps or a band of hard tissue.
- A significant bend to the penis. Your penis might curve upward or downward or bend to one side.
- Erection problems. Peyronie’s disease might cause problems getting or maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction). But, often men report erectile dysfunction before the beginning of Peyronie’s disease symptoms.
- Shortening of the penis. Your penis might become shorter as a result of Peyronie’s disease.
- Pain. You might have penile pain, with or without an erection.
- Other penile deformity. In some men with Peyronie’s disease, the erect penis might have narrowing, indentations or even an hourglass-like appearance, with a tight, narrow band around the shaft.
The curvature and penile shortening associated with Peyronie’s disease might gradually worsen. At some point, however, the condition typically stabilizes after three to 12 months or so. Pain during erections usually improves within one to two years, but the scar tissue, penile shortening and curvature often remain. In some men, both the curvature and pain associated with Peyronie’s disease improve without treatment.
You should schedule an appointment as soon as possible after you notice signs or symptoms of Peyronie’s disease. Early treatment gives you the best chance to improve the condition — or prevent it from getting worse. If you’ve had the condition for some time, you may wish to see the physicians at Loria Medical if the pain, curvature, length, or other deformities that bother you or your partner.
There are multiple forms of Peyronie’s disease manifesting in different ways. The most common is a bending of the penis either when erect or in both erect and flaccid states. This is normally caused by plaque or scar build up as seen in the figure above. Another common. But less know manifest is in the narrowing of the penile shaft. This disease can be very traumatic to many men as it causes the penile shaft to lose its symmetrical shape and become malformed with extreme thinning.
Unnatural curvatures may be caused by a condition called Peyronie’s Disease. This disease causes a ‘plaque’ or scar tissue to develop in the penile shaft, causing not only a curvature, but a loss of penile shaft mass and length. It can be treated by surgical intervention (cutting directly into the scar plaque and causing a ‘release’), or by certain medications, either pills or injection therapy, which are not as effective as the surgical ‘release’ technique.
There are two types of penile curvatures, natural and unnatural. Many men have a natural penile curvatures and are most likely caused by a natural genetic variation. Curvatures that developed later in life have many causes. Peyronie’s Disease is a very common disease that may be caused by scar tissue or plaque buildup. Another cause for an unnatural curvature can result from a penile fracture.
Another cause for an unnatural curvature can result from a penile fracture. A penile fracture
may occur during intercourse (especially when the woman is in the top position). A patient typically knows when this occurs because it is very painful, causes a lot of swelling, and results in a trip to the emergency room. If a penile fracture is the diagnosis, the typical treatment is supportive, such as ice, anti-inflammatory medications, and pain killers. Penile fractures may heal completely without any changes in form or function or may heal with a curvature and loss of some erectile size and function.
A male penis can have a natural curve to its shape. Typically, the curve is in an upward bend, but it can just as naturally bend to in any direction, Up/Down/Left/Right. While doing a penis enlargement procedure it is common to suggest a correction to bring the penis in a straighter position. This not only looks cosmetically pleasing, it can even enhance the girth while making the penis thicker and more symmetrical. The physicians at Loria Medical are able to boost the Dermal Filler Compound on the side that bends in and to bring more balance to the shaft. Making the one side slightly thicker, will give the illusion of a straighter penis and bends up to 15 degrees are easily corrected in this fashion.