Peyronie's DiseasePeyronie’s Disease is a an uncommon condition affecting less than 10 % men between 40-70 years of age.Scar tissue called plaque can cause a deformity resulting in Erectile Dysfunction.Signs of Peyronie’s Disease1. Penile deformityPenile deformity is the main symptom of Peyronie’s disease. The plaque is made up of scar tissue, therefore is unable to stretch or expand causing a misshapen penis.Some changes can be drastic, causing irregular curves or bending of the penis where the plaque is located. The most common change seen with Peyronie’s is an upward curve of the penis. 2. Scar tissue under the skinScar tissue is another obvious symptom that can be self-diagnosed. The plaque associated with Peyronie’s Disease can be felt underneath the skin of the penis. Peyronie’s scar tissue will feel similar to flat lumps or a band of hard tissue.The scar tissue can develop anywhere and can be soft at first then harden.3. Penile painAs a result the penis can become painful Pain usually occurs during an erection, it can also happen when the penis is flaccid. Penile pain is a result of inflammation in the area where the plaque formation.4. Shortening and narrowingThe penis can become shorter or more narrow. Shortening may occur with or without curvature if the plaque is located deeper within the penis. It also may be noticeable with or without an erection. Narrowing can also occur which is often due to plaque present on opposite sides of the penis that force the shape inward. 5. Erectile DysfunctionPeyronie’s disease can cause problems getting (or maintaining) an erection .This can be Psychological. Those with Peyronie’s disease often feel depressed about their situation and anxious about sexual activity. Also a penile curvature and other deformities can make sexual intercourse difficult and painful.Medication and Physical TherapyPeyronie’s disease can be painful and uncomfortable for many men . Therefore pain management could be helpful. A doctor can prescribe Xiaflex, a prescription medication for adult men who are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of Peyronie’s that are not resolving on their own.SurgeryIf Peyronie’s Disease persists and worsens, surgery may be recommended.
Your Gp may refer you to a Urologist for Surgical intervention
Surgical treatment options include grafting and implants. Grafting removes a scar tissue and replaces it with other healthy tissues . Penile implants might also be an option. This is where the spongy tissue in the corpora cavernosa is placed to achieve normal erection function.
Your Urologist will discuss options with you and their side effects.