Peyronie’s Disease is a worrisome, uncomfortable, and embarrassing curvature of the penis. It requires expert diagnosis and care by an experienced urologist, and most men can utilize non-surgical treatments. Learn the details on how you can improve your sexual health and function with Dr. Desi Avila at Ironwood Urology.
What Is Peyronie’s Disease?
Peyronie’s Disease is a structural problem associated with the erect penis. Due to plaques (fibrous lumps) within the penile shaft, the organ takes on a curved shape in varying degrees and directions.
In addition, men with this genital problem often experience erectile dysfunction (ED), shrinkage in penile length and girth, and pain during intercourse. In cases where the curvature is severe, sex can become very uncomfortable and nearly impossible for both partners.
Why Does Peyronie’s Disease Occur?
It happens due to a variety of factors, including:
● Severe trauma to the genitals and subsequent scarring
● Genetics (Peyronie’s Disease seems to run in families)
● Scleroderma, an autoimmune disorder characterized by a hardening of the connective tissue and skin anywhere in the body
● Lupus, another autoimmune condition that causes fatigue and widespread body pain
Also, age may play a role. Peyronie’s Disease seems to develop in about 6 to 10 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 70. Experts speculate men may have the problem earlier on in life but wait until mid-life to seek treatment.
What Can My Urologist in Phoenix, AZ, Do to Help?
Some men have such severe penile curvatures, they require surgically inserted implants or suturing to correct them. Most cases of Peyronie’s Disease can be treated medically. After a complete medical examination with your urologist, your treatment options may include:
● Oral medications, such as anti-inflammatories, painkillers, steroids, and vitamins (B-complex or vitamin E)
● Xiaflex injections (collagenase) into the penis itself when the curvature exceeds 30 degrees
● Interferon injections which slow the growth of plaques
● Verapamil (an anti-hypertensive) injections to decrease blood flow and scar tissue
● Restorex traction devices worn at night to straighten and lengthen the penis
● Ultrasound or ESWT (shock wave therapy) applied to the penis to break up plaques and scarring
In addition, some lifestyle changes may help prevent Peyronie’s Disease, or lessen its severity. These common-sense strategies include:
● Getting sufficient aerobic exercise
● Smoking cessation
● Drinking less alcohol (no more than 2 drinks a day)
● Stopping all illegal drugs
No, Surgery Is Not Your Only Option in Phoenix
If you think you may have Peyronie’s Disease, arrange a consultation with top urologist Dr. Desi Avila at Ironwood Urology in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Avila is an experienced, board-certified specialist who understands men’s health, and Dr. Avila can give you the information you need to decide what kind of treatment is best for you. Don’t wait; your sexual health is too important.