Peyronie disease is a chronic inflammation of the Tunica Albuginea. It’s a connective tissue disorder that involves a mutation in the growth of the fibrous plaques. The disease affects an estimated 1 in 100 men worldwide. The disease can be painful, cause erectile dysfunction, loss of girth and shorting of the penis. It is commonly referred to as the curved or bent penis syndrome.
What Causes Peyronie Disease?
As with many conditions that affect the penis, the exact cause of peyronie disease is not fully understood yet. It is thought that the majority of cases of peyronie disease are caused by trauma. Such as; injury to the penis during sports, sexual activity, or through the use of certain prescription drugs.
One drug considered, by medical experts, to have a direct link to the manifestation of peyronie disease, is a type of anti-hypertensive drug, in particularly calcium blockers. Although not proven, it’s is widely believed that the use of such drugs may have a direct link to the manifestation of the condition, and may also exacerbate the disease in men who already present symptoms.
It is worth noting that, although a direct link between peyronie disease and beta blockers hasn’t yet been proven. It is currently listed as a side effect on all beta blockers, currently on the market.
Doctor’s Lecture on Peyronie’s Disease
Peyronie’s Disease Treatment
Many cases are muild with only a slight curvature, so if there is no pain or considerable discomfort treatment need not be pursued. Unfortunately there is currently no complete cure for peyronies disease, but there are a number of treatment options available that can improve the condition.
Medication And Supplements
The use of medication and supplements to treat peyronie disease, has been going on for sometime. Unfortunately, many have these treatments have proved ineffective, and are considered a controversial, and pseudo scientific approach, by some medical experts.
Injections directly into the scar tissue of the penis, may prove beneficial for some patients, but in a recent controlled study, the method showed no recordable signs of improvement, in comparison to patients injected with a placebo during the same study.
By far the most effective form of treatment is surgical intervention. A procedure known as the ‘Nesbit operation’ is considered to be a last resort for treatment (as with many surgical procedures), but is considered to be the most effective form of surgical intervention, for moderate cases of the peyronie disease.
Another more drastic form of surgery, known as the ‘leriche technique’, widely used in Europe, has proven to be very effective at reducing curvature of the penis, and restoring sexual functions to the patient.
If both of these approaches prove ineffective, the patient may be offered a penile prosthesis.
The use of physical therapy in the treatment of peyronie disease is very much in it’s infancy. Stretching exercises and the use of penis extenders, are currently being trialled in a number of studies, in Europe and the United States.
The use of penis extenders is particularly controversial, as many medical professionals consider the devices to be potentially harmful. In recent years, a number of experts have spoken out against the use of such devices, until they have had adequate time to trial them, in a controlled environment. The fear is that the use of penis extenders may in fact cause further harm and damage to the penis, exacerbating the disease.