Peyronie’s disease is a condition where the patient experiences penile curvature, indentation or a lump that can be felt in the penis.
If you have noticed that your penis has a bend or curve when it is erect, it can be caused by a few factors. It may in fact be “normal” as very few penises are completely straight.
It could also be due to a mis-match in the length of the cylinders in the penis, which is present since birth (congenital chordee) but often only noticed after puberty. It may be due to a condition, such as Peyronie’s disease, which can occur later in life.
When penile curvature is causing you either physical or psychological problems, it should be assessed and treatment options offered.
Dr Love specializes in treatment options for penile curvature. Make an appointment now for a confidential discussion. You do not need a referral, but this may help with the cost of the appointment.
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Did you know?
Peyronie’s disease has affected men for hundreds of years. It was described by a French surgeon, Francois Gigot de la Peyronie (pictured) in 1743, but descriptions of it can be found in historical medical documents hundreds of years before.
Peyronie’s disease is a condition where the patient experiences penile curvature, indentation or a lump that can be felt in the penis. There is also often a loss of penile length (with or without pain) upon erection. Erectile dysfunction, of some degree, is also found to occur in up to 90% of men with Peyronie’s disease.
These symptoms can appear in men of all ages but is most commonly present in men over 50.
The cause of Peyronie’s disease is not well understood, but it is likely there is genetic predisposition in most men who develop the condition.
In most cases, the disease is a result of inflammation and plaque (or scar) formation after repeated minor (and unrecognised) trauma to the penis; most commonly occurring during sexual intercourse. Usually this is not obvious “trauma” but more likely minor bending (“wear and tear”) of the penis during normal sexual activity leading to “fraying” and damage to the fibrous support beams in the penis.
The deformity of the penis is due to plaque formation that is, in fact, a thick scar tissue. Scar tissue is not elastic and does not stretch, so this scarring can create curvature of the penis upwards, downwards, or sideways – wherever the scar tissue is situated, when the rest of the penis fills with blood and enlarges during an erection.
There are a number of treatment options available for Peyronie’s disease, that will help to maintain or regain sexual function by straightening the penis.
The type of treatment will depend on your personal circumstances, based on a number of factors including the degree of penile curvature, severity of penile shortening, the presence of penile narrowing, and whether erectile dysfunction is present. We also take into account what you want to achieve and your expectations of the outcome.
There are a number of interventions available including:
Treatment for Peyronie’s disease will be different for every different patient, and this is why the individual problem must be assessed and understood, and why there must be a thorough understanding of what can be achieved in each case, and what the expectations of outcome are.
Dr. Love is one of the most experienced Australian doctors in treating Peyronie’s disease, performing all the surgical techniques available, as well as using Xiaflex injection therapy in appropriate cases.
Most of the treatment options for treating Peyronie’s disease would not be considered for treating congenital curvature because these are usually younger men with normal erection strength, and no penile shortening.
Typically, these types of curvatures are to the side or downwards and are best treated by some type of plication surgery, whereby the side opposite the curve is adjusted surgically to completely straighten the penis.
Dr Love and his team understand that you may be feeling nervous, anxious or embarrassed about your symptoms or condition. We want you to know that you deserve to get the treatment you need and that you can go on to live a fulfilling and satisfying life. It’s never too late.
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