The urologists at the ED Specialists of Arizona have offered urology services to men suffering from Peyronie’s Disease for over 15 years. Peyronie’s disease stems from fibrous scar tissue that has developed within the penis.
This condition can cause curved and painful erections. For physical and emotional reasons, Peyronie’s disease can also cause erectile dysfunction.
While it is common for penises to vary in shapes and sizes, penile curvatures that inhibit sexual intercourse or induce pain should be examined by a Board Certified Urologist.
The physical and emotional importance of a healthy penis cannot be overstated. From a physiological standpoint, a penis is essential for urinary health. A man’s sexuality and identity are closely associated with his penis.
Penile curvature can make sexual intercourse painful and less enjoyable. This can detract from the emotional bonds of relationships and be a barrier to reproduction.
Proper erectile function is the result of symbiotic factors that include the body and mind. The mental anxiety that may result from an irregularly curved penis or previous experiences of painful intercourse can prevent a man from gaining an erection.
As any other muscle, a penis can be injured and require treatment for scar tissue or damage. The damaged tissue can cause erectile dysfunction and minimize the duration a man can maintain erections. This may limit the extent to which sexual intercourse can be performed and thereby affect relationships.
Treatment for Peyronie’s Disease and Penile Curvature:
There are several treatment options available for those diagnosed with symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease. Specific treatments will reduce the curvature and pain response individually or jointly.
These include penile injections that can break down scar tissue while also minimizing future buildup. Verapamil injections are the most commonly used; however, Xiaflex is expected to be FDA approved for the treatment of Peyronie’s Disease in December 2013. This could revolutionize the treatment for this difficult condition. ED Specialists of Arizona Urologist will determine if a patient is well suited for a penile injection.
Oral medications such as Vitamin E and potassium benzoate have been extensively studied for the treatment of Peyronie’s Disease; however, these medications have not been proven to be successful. They are not routinely recommended. More recently, there have been some reports that Coenzyme Q10 may be successful in reducing penile pain, plaque size, and curvature.
Surgical options such as penile implants can facilitate erections while reducing physical and emotional distress to men experiencing erectile dysfunction. There are different varieties of penile implants available. These include permanent and pump activated varieties.
Either of these options may be accompanied by the removal of scar tissue, which can reduce penile curvature. A urologist at one of ED Specialists of Arizona’s 3 valley locations will help you make an informed decision.
Peyronie’s Disease exhibits several symptoms and can impact multiple aspects of a man’s life. A Board Certified Urologist at ED Specialists of Arizona can accurately diagnose your condition and recommend effective treatment options.