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What is Peyronie’s Disease?
Peyronie’s disease is a condition in which a man’s penis becomes curved when erect. Although it is common for men’s penises to curve a bit when rigid, Peyronie’s disease involves extreme curvature that may make sex impossible. The condition can also be painful, whether the penis is erect or not, and in some cases the pain can be extreme.
What are the causes of Peyronie’s Disease?
This condition is caused by fibrous scar tissue (plaque) within the penis. As blood swells the penis during the erection process, the scar tissue does not swell along with the healthy tissue, causing the curving.
Researchers have not identified a cause for this disease. Some believe that it may result from physical injuries to the penis. There are also hypotheses that it may be related to genetics, advancing age or collagen disorders.
What percentage of men have Peyronie’s disease?
9-15% of men have some curvature of the penis. Millions of men have painful and more severe forms of Peyronie’s disease
How is Peyronie’s disease diagnosed?
History, physical examination, penile length and curvature tools, validated questionnaires, and penile gray-scale ultrasound are important tools that Dr. Tajkarimi uses to accurately diagnose and monitor Peyronie’s disease.
What treatment options are available for Peyronie’s disease?
The most important action is by the patient to openly discuss penis pain and curvature with their doctor as soon as possible, and to seek the help of a urologist who treats Peyronie’s disease. Treatment delay can cause further scarring and loss of penile length.
Dr. Tajkarimi offers many proven treatment options, including latest penile traction techniques, intralesional injections, and surgery.
Since erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease (PD) are inter-related, it is critical that all men with PD are also assessed subjectively and objectively for ED. Men with severe ED and Peyronie’s disease typically benefit from penile implant surgery which will likely correct both PD and ED.
What is XIAFLEX®?
Prescription XIAFLEX® is injected into the scar tissue, or Peyronie’s plaque. XIAFLEX® works to help weaken and break down the plaque. This, along with gentle stretching and straightening activities, can help to straighten the curve in the erect penis caused by Peyronie’s disease.
Do Peyronie’s disease impact penis size?
Curvature of the penis and scarring can significantly reduce penis size, sometimes by several inches.
What is the best option for men who suffer from Peyronie’s disease and erectile dysfunction ?
The best option for men who suffer from Peyronie’s disease and erectile dysfunction is to receive an implanted device known as the Internal Penile Pump. This device increases the rigidity of the erect penis as well as improves the curvature without shortening of length.