Peyronie’s Disease has been around for centuries. In fact, whilst it was named after a French surgeon named François de la Peyronie in 1743, some descriptions of similar symptoms are recorded as far back as 1687. It’s, therefore, safe to say that this is an issue that has affected many men over the years. And the good news is, doctors have had plenty of time to come up with various Peyronie’s Disease treatments and solutions to tackle the problem.
So if you’ve recently been told you have Peyronie’s Disease, don’t panic at the scary-sounding name. Instead, read this article and get your head around what exactly the issue is and how we can help you to overcome it.
What is Peyronie’s disease?
The condition is generally characterised by a hard lump or plaque that forms in the erectile tissue of the penis. The cause of the disease is still not fully understood, but experts believe that most cases are a result of repeated trauma to the penis, which can occur during sexual intercourse.
It can start as a small, localised inflammation and then evolve into a hardened scar. It’s sometimes a mild issue that can resolve itself after a few months, but in more severe cases, it can cause pain and force the penis to bend during erections.
What are the symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease?
Peyronie’s Disease can occur in men of all ages, but it is most commonly found in men in their 50s. It’s also highly linked to erectile dysfunction, with around 90% of those diagnosed with Peyronie’s Disease found to also struggle with erections.
Most patients notice the presence of the disease when experiencing penile curvature, indentation and loss of penile length upon erection. It is also associated with a reduction in hardness of erections. These things can all occur with or without pain and can often prevent sexual activity.
What is the best treatment for Peyronie’s Disease?
When it comes to Peyronie’s Disease treatment in Australia, you have a few options. The best treatment for Peyronie’s Disease will vary from patient to patient and will depend on a variety of factors. Some of these factors include the severity of penile shortening, the degree of penile curvature, whether there is also penile narrowing, and if erectile dysfunction is present.
Some of the currently available Peyronie’s Disease treatments in Australia include oral medication, topical electric current therapy (also referred to as iontophoresis) or verapamil injections inserted directly into the plaque. Other Peyronie’s Disease treatment options are mechanical stretching (done with vacuum devices or external penile extenders) or the placement of penile prosthesis with straightening. The final option is a surgical penile reconstruction which can be done with or without grafting.
How do I choose the right treatment?
As previously mentioned, the best treatment for you will depend on a variety of factors. The only way to ensure that you make the right decision for your body is by meeting with an experienced Urologist who can talk you through the various options and give you personalised and specialist advice.
Luckily, that is precisely what we do here at Katelaris Urology. So whether you think you might be experiencing symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease or already have a diagnosis and need advice on how to proceed, give our office a call today on (02) 9477 7904 to arrange an appointment. Alternatively, if you’d rather fill out a contact form or e-mail us at [email protected], we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
For more answers about Peyronie’s Disease, or other urological issues, contact Dr Katelaris at Katelarisurology.com.au.