Say NO to Surgery for Peyronie’s Disease!
We have options!
An estimated 1,000 men per year are diagnosed with Peyronie’s Disease in the US. That number is likely significantly higher because many men do not seek help for sexual dysfunction disorders until their condition makes sex impossible. Unfortunately, by this time it has likely effected their relationship with their partner and self-esteem. Peyronie’s Disease is a men’s sexual dysfunction problem known as the bent penis condition. The penile curvature or bending that we see with Peyronie’s Disease can be the most complicated symptom of the condition to treat. Depending on the severity of your curving it can make sex impossible, but even the slightest curving can make a man feel self-conscious.
The good news is, treatment options to improve your penile function with a diagnosis of Peyronie’s Disease are available, and in some Peyronie’s Disease patients the condition can fade on its own. The bad news is that some of the treatment options available and pushed by many doctors may not yield the best results, and can come with irreversible consequences. In the eyes of many men, any treatment to their ‘manhood’ is a serious, high risk situation. With any big decision that can affect your quality of life, education is key! Take the opportunity to learn about the benefits and risks of every treatment option available for Peyronie’s Disease.
The most common treatment options for a bent penis include (In order from lowest to highest risk):
•Waiting for self-correction (For very mild cases, that do not interfere with sex)
•Medication, such as pentoxifylline or potassium para-aminobenzoate (Potaba)
Suturing – Suturing is used on the side of the penis without scar tissue. This results in a straighter penis, but often there is a noticeable loss in penis length.
Incision or excision and grafting- A surgeon may cut the scar tissue to allow stretching in the sheath of the penis to help it straighten out. Some scar tissue may be removed, and a tissue graft may be used to cover holes in the penis sheath. This procedure comes with a much higher risk of resulting in worsened penile function.
Penile (prosthetic) implant- This procedure involves removing the spongy chambers within the penile that fill with blood during an erection and replacing them with an implant.
Our sexual health physicians highly recommend seeking non-surgical options for a variety of reasons.
Our clinic offers a therapy option called Priapus Therapy, only available through certified providers. Priapus Therapy is an FDA approved treatment that is showing incredible, low risk results for men suffering from Peyronie’s Disease, and erectile dysfunction which often occurs in conjunction with this disease. Priapus Therapy involves a series of shots administered in the office that stimulates new blood flow, new tissue growth, has no history of allergic reaction or tissue damage, and is currently being used in clinical practice throughout the US. Priapus Therapy helps to straighten your penis, strengthens penis tissue, increase penis size, helps other non-invasive therapies work better, and improves erectile function.
The physicians at the Louisville Men’s Clinic urge men to understand that there are two phases of Peyronie’s Disease. They are the acute (active) phase and chronic (stable) phase. The acute phase is when a man begins to notice changes to his penile curvatures and possibly pain. This is when he should seek treatment. The chronic phase generally occurs 12 to 18 months after the active phase. This is when the disease generally stabilizes and may or may not progress any longer. The Louisville Men’s Clinic does not advocate for Peyronie’s Disease patients to turn to surgical options for correcting their condition. There are other safe and effective options to consider before turning to a permanent surgical treatment. We believe the risks generally do not outweigh the benefits and encourage patients to seek treatment during the acute phase of Peyronie’s Disease.
For more information, or to further discuss the risks of surgery to treating a bent penis, please contact us at the Louisville Men’s Clinic at (502) 444-4000 or make an appointment online.