Peyronie’s disease is caused by scarring of the tunica albuginea or the membrane that surrounds the muscle of the penis. It is characterised by a penile bend, lump and pain on erection. There are two phases of the disease; an acute phase lasting about 3-6 months followed by a chronic phase lasting up to about a year during which the disease usually stabilises.
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Peyronie’s Disease is a painful condition that affects the male penis. The condition occurs when scar tissue inside the penis causes it to curve during an erection. Peyronie’s Disease can be very painful and men can experience a significant bend in their erect penises.
The disease may be a result from either sexual and/or repeated trauma to the penis. It has also been linked to vascular disease.
Men can experience stress and anxiety due to Peyronie’s Disease as the discomfort they have during erections can be uncomfortable. The pain and discomfort can prevent men from engaging in intercourse, thus increasing the stress they feel.
Symptoms can progress slowly or appear suddenly. Men may feel scar tissue formed under the skin of the penis-the so called plaque. Sufferers will also find a bend in the erect penis or tightness in the shaft. Some men may notice an hourglass shape in their erect penis.
Men may also experience erection problems, shortening of the penis, and pain with or without an erection.
Peyronie’s Disease can regress in some men and go away on its own, although this is not common. However, most men will not be so lucky to have the condition go away on its own. The condition has two phases.
The first stage can last between three and six months. This acute phase is followed by a chronic phase, which can last up to a year. The disease can stabilise during the chronic stage, thus not increasing in seriousness.
Doctors have been able to treat Peyronie’s Disease with varying success. Treatments vary between cases and for the most part, surgery is not required to treat the disease. Doctors may prescribe a treatment involving Vitamin E, Potaba, colchicine, or Verapamil, although the evidence for these treatments is limited.
Surgery can be recommended in certain cases in which men are unable to have intercourse. This typically happens when the penis is bent at a 30- to 45-degree angle. The Nesbit procedure is one surgery that doctors use to treat Peyronie’s Disease. The procedure involves shortening the penis on the opposite side of the bend.
There is hope that a new drug known as Xiaflex is available for Peyronie’s Diseases suffers in the United Kingdom, although success rates are variable.
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One of the UK’s most eminent andrologists
Mr Suks Minhas is widely regarded as a leader in the field of men’s health. With specialist interest and expertise in areas including male fertility and erectile dysfunction, penile and testicular cancers and male urology, he sees patients from all over the UK covering a vast range of concerns.
Professor Suks Minhas
Professor Suks Minhas is widely regarded as a leader in the field of men’s health. With specialist interest and expertise in areas including male fertility and erectile dysfunction, penile and testicular cancers and male urology, he sees patients from all over the UK covering a vast range of concerns.