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Approximately 10% of men will develop Peyronie’s Disease in some form, so as you can imagine, it is very common. Peyronie’s Disease results from the formation of scar tissue within the connective tissues lining the erectile bodies of the penis. The general belief is that Peyronie’s Disease results from years of repetitive small injuries to the penis during intercourse, although some men will remember a specific traumatic event to the penis.
Men with PD can present with several symptoms including:
- Scar tissue which can be felt underneath the skin of the penile shaft
- Curvature during an erection
- Penile shortening
- Penile pain
There is both an active phase to the disease process and a chronic phase. During the active phase, the scar tissue continues to remodel itself and the curvature may change. A percentage of men will have spontaneous resolution of their symptoms but for those patients who don’t we have several treatment options available. Please call your urologist to schedule an appointment so we can discuss the available treatment options.
There are both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for Peyronie’s Disease:
Xiaflex – the only FDA approved non-surgical treatment option of PD. During Xiaflex treatment, medicine is injected directly into the scar tissue to help improve penile curvature.
Alternative options including traction devices or vacuum erection devices.
For men who are not candidates for non-surgical management, there are several surgeries that can be performed to help correct curvature such as penile plication or excision and grafting. A proper workup performed by an experienced urologist will be necessary to decide which options are best for you.