Peyronie’s disease affects the function and curvature of the penis and it can change your sexual performance. This disease is treatable, although many men fail to seek medical attention due to misplaced embarrassment over the condition.
Early Peyronie’s disease symptoms should be taken seriously and addressed as soon as possible. The condition can worsen over time, making treatment options more limited. The sooner you notice any issues and take action, the better your options will be.
What Are Peyronie’s Disease Early Symptoms?
The cause of Peyronie’s disease is not fully understood, however, the main cause is believed to be from chronic inflammation and repeated trauma that results in the formation of plaque, or scar tissue. Any traumatic event or impact can lead to Peyronie’s disease, but it normally develops from sexual activity.
This condition is identified by penile deformities that cause it to curve to either side, upwards, or downwards. You may notice an indentation or experience loss of penile length with an erection. This is normally due to the inflexible scar tissue shortening one side and pulling the penis to the opposite side. It is possible to experience pain along with visual and sexual symptoms.
Another indication of Peyronie’s disease is erectile dysfunction, with approximately 90% of patients exhibiting this condition as well.
Do I have Peyronie’s Disease?
Peyronie’s disease can occur in men of any age, although it typically presents in men that are in their 50s.
If you believe that you are displaying any of the symptoms of Peyronie’s disease, then the best course of action is to make an appointment with your urologist. Your doctor will give you a diagnosis after an exam and medical history are conducted.
Is Peyronie’s Disease Life Threatening?
This condition is not life-threatening, although it can have a significant impact on your life and psychological state. Men who are afflicted often develop depression and anxiety, which when left untreated, can worsen and lead to negative thoughts and poor quality of life. It’s important that you address any changes in mood and seek help to deal with the emotional effects that can accompany Peyronie’s disease.
There are some risks that are associated with Peyronie’s disease. The first involves the physical and visible deformity. This can lead to interference and difficulty performing sexual activities.
Penile dysfunction is another risk. The scar tissue can cause a decrease in the hardness of an erection. While correcting the curvature of the penis in itself does not fix problems with erectile dysfunction, it is possible to treat both conditions when they coexist.
What Is the Best Peyronie’s Disease Treatment?
There are several types of treatment available for Peyronie’s disease. The goal of treatment is to straighten the curvature and address any dysfunction problems so that you can regain your previous, normal sexual activities. Your doctor will recommend the one that is right for you based on the severity of your symptoms and individual situation.
Non-surgical treatments include oral medications, electric current therapy that is applied topically, injections into the scar tissue, or the use of medical vacuums or penile extenders.
If surgical treatment is recommended, then the penis can be straightened by removing the plaque, or taking away tissue on the other side to make it even. In some cases, especially with patients that experience erectile dysfunction, a prosthesis may be placed.
Any surgery that is performed comes with certain risks, but a skilled and knowledgeable urologist that has experience with the procedure can mitigate these risks. Most patients recover with no side effects. In rare cases, you may notice a change in sensation, new instances of erectile dysfunction, a recurrence of the curvature after the procedure, or a shortened length. Instances that involve a shortening of the penis are uncommon and typically result in a difference of one to two centimetres. Always follow your doctor’s instructions to reduce your risk of bleeding and infection following the surgery.
As with any medical condition, it’s best to seek the advice and care of a medical professional. Don’t try to self-diagnose, and keep in mind that Peyronie’s disease cannot correct itself with time. The best course of action is to get the right treatment from a qualified urologist.
If you have any symptoms or concerns, contact Katelaris Urology today to make an appointment.