Peyronies disease is a condition that leads to scar tissue that can cause the penis to become deformed, pent, or shortened. It can be either minorly painful or extremely painful given the severity of the issue. Peyronies disease in many cases can also lead to erectile dysfunction; which is a condition where a man is unable to aquire or maintain an erection.
The disease was named after a very intelligent surgeon in France back in the 1700’s named Francois de la Peyronie. He held a very presitigous position in the medical community; treating patients of the royal family of that time period.
The disease is thought to be relatively common affecting between 0.4% to 8% of all men worldwide. However, the huge variance in this statistic is due to the fact that most people keep this condition to themselves for obvious reasons. Several studies have shown that men of Northern European descent seem to be affected more than any other.
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The penis contains three chambers known as the corpora cavernosa, corpus spondgiousum, and urethra. The corpora consists of spongy tissue made up of fibrous tissue, smooth muscle, and veins. When a man gets an erection blood flows into this area and greatly expands the corpora. What contains all of these things is known as the tunica albuginea. The tunica helps hold blood in and properly expand the penis during erection. When someone has peyronies plaque and thickened scar tissue begin to develop in one side of the tunica. This leads to a blockage of blood flow during erection along one side of the penis which leads to the curving or bending of the penis.
The main causes stem from trauma to the penis that leads to bleeding and thereby an incorrect healing processis is initated. Excessive scar tissue begins to form and the disease worsens.
Treatment of this disease may be initiated through pills, injections, traction devices, or treatment of anything that can help with erectile dysfunction.
There are currently no pills that can reverse the affects of this disease. However, there are some pills and vitamins that been shown to provide some benefit. Such as vitamin e, PABA, tamoxifen, and colchicine. Vitamin E is administered at 400IU per day, in order to hopefully help reduce the associated pain and plaque formation. This is the most common treatment.
Eating an overall healthier diet may help benefit this condition by increasing your overall health and immune system. Eating a diet rich in omega-3’s and lowering your omega-6 consumption can also help to reduce overall body inflammation.
Penis extenders or traction devices are commonly used in the male enhancement industry for penis enlargement. However, these extending devices can also be used to help straigten the penis as well. One company that is particularly well known for this is X4 labs. You can check out a review of the x4 labs here. This penis extending device uses prolonged stretching tension in order to lengthen and hopefully correct any curvature in the penis.
Injections can be used to help breakdown the plaque and soften the underlying structures. Which may help to reduce the severity of the condition upon erection.
Alternative therapies include radiotherapy, electromotive drug administartion, and extracorporeal shock wave therapy. However, all of the treatments are expensive and unproven, so they are generally not recommended.
Surgery is another option for treatment, however, it is the most invasive of all. The nesbit procedure is the most common surgical procedure to treat this condition.
In summary, if you are suffering from this condition your first step in the right direction is to make an appointment with your family doctor or general practicioner. Where he/she may or may not refer you to a urologist given the severity of your condition.