Peyronie's Disease

Maintaining a great sex life is very impossible for men with Peyronie’s disease, a disorder that causes the penis to have an uneven curvature in the shaft.

In the United States, Peyronie’s disease affects up to 0.5 percent of adult men and 8 to 10% of men around the age of 40, but the normal onset age is in the early 50s. (PubMed)

What exactly causes Peyronie’s Disease?

Peyronie’s disease is caused by a plaque that forms in your penis. It usually begins as a localized irritation and proceeds to hardened scar tissue, which lowers flexibility and causes your penis to bow during erection. Peyronie’s disease is frequently caused by a sex injury, although anything that causes vascular trauma or injury to the penis, such as athletic activity or an accident, can be blamed.

Peyronie’s Disease is a chronic illness that causes the penis to curve when erect. Under the skin, a layer of tissue knots together to produce a thick rope that pulls the penis into a curved position. Other symptoms include penile discomfort, shrinkage, and reduced sexual performance. PDE5 inhibitors such as Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis are beneficial in the early phases for some men. In severe circumstances, emergency room doctors may recommend surgical curved erection treatment. These include a plication surgery to straighten the penis by removing aberrant scar tissue and plaque, plaque incisions with skin graft insertions to rectify penis curvature, and plaque excisions with grafting to remove scar tissue and replace it.

How does Peyronie’s disease impact the penis?

When scar tissue hardens into a plaque, it tethers the shaft into a bent posture because that region of the penis is no longer as elastic as the rest of the penis.  The curve can range from modest to nearly 90 degrees. The condition generally require treatment when it has a curvature of 30 degrees or greater.

What effect does Peyronie’s have on your sexual life?

When your penis grows erect, it becomes painful, making sex more difficult for you and your partner. However, the pain associated with an erection normally lasts approximately 4 to 6 months. So most men can still have sex, but it’s not as pleasurable.

Peyronie’s disease treatment

Unfortunately, no effective oral drugs have been licensed. Potaba, a medicine that was on the market before the FDA demanded proof of effectiveness, is commonly prescribed to patients. When oral medications fail, which they almost always do, doctors offer Interferon, another injectable treatment. However, Interferon cannot guarantee a cure.

Shock Wave Therapy for Peyronie’s Disease in Las Vegas

Men with early or mild Peyronie’s disease who haven’t reacted well to drugs or physical therapy but want to avoid surgery may be perfect candidates for low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy. In some situations, low-intensity shock wave therapy improves early or mild Peyronie’s curvature enough to relieve symptoms and prevent the condition from deteriorating. Shockwave therapy frequently helps these patients avoid or postpone the need for more invasive therapies, such as Peyronie’s disease surgery.

How Does Shockwave Therapy Work On Peyronie’s Disease?

Shockwave therapy for Peyronie’s Disease treatment consists of six to twelve sessions spread out over several weeks, with up to three sessions per week.  A session lasts roughly 20-25 minutes and consists of 2000 pulse blocks. Pressure waves are used by an instrument to elicit a mechanical and chemical response in the body. Patients report improved sensitivity and harder, longer-lasting erections, with benefits lasting up to two years.

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