Though Peyronie’s disease may not be well known publicly, it affects as many as 1 in 11 men in the United States, causing them to have curved, painful erections that can impact both their sex drive and their confidence. Thankfully, the skilled urologists Prince William Urology Associates in Manassas and Haymarket, Virginia can help with effective and compassionate treatments. If you think you might suffer from Peyronie’s disease, call Prince William Urology Associates or schedule an appointment online today.
Peyronie’s disease, also known as penile fibrosis, occurs when fibrous scar tissue (plaque) grows inside the spongy tissue of your penis, causing curved, painful erections. This isn’t the same kind of plaque that builds up inside of your arteries, nor is it a type of cancer.
The exact causes of Peyronie’s disease aren’t fully understood, but it’s commonly thought that it may result from any of the following:
Some doctors believe that hitting or bending the penis may damage the tissues inside, causing plaque to accumulate. This plaque causes the tissues of your penis to become less elastic and flexible, making it curve during erections. The plaque deposit may even harden due to calcification, which occurs when calcium builds up in damaged body tissue.
Forceful sexual or even non-sexual activities that cause tiny injuries to your penis may increase your risk of getting Peyronie’s disease. These risks are compounded with age, as your penis becomes less elastic and more prone to injury over the years. Patients with autoimmune diseases or those with a family history of Peyronie’s disease may also be at higher risk.
Symptoms of Peyronie’s disease may include:
The symptoms of Peyronie’s disease range in severity from mild to severe and can appear quickly or develop over time. Your pain may decrease over time, but the curve in the penis usually remains. In the mildest cases, symptoms may subside without ever causing a permanent curve.
While milder cases of Peyronie’s disease might go away on their own, it’s usually best to consult the team at Prince William Urology Associates about your treatment options. These include both surgical and nonsurgical options, depending on the severity of your condition.
Surgical treatments for Peyronie’s disease may include procedures to remove plaque or straighten the penis. It’s possible to experience complications after surgery, however, so it’s best to talk to your doctor at Prince William Urology Associates about any potential risks.
The only nonsurgical treatment for Peyronie’s disease approved by the FDA is collagenase, commonly known by the brand name XiaflexⓇ. Injected directly into the affected area, Xiaflex works to break down the plaque deposit that causes the curve in your penis.
If you believe that you suffer from Peyronie’s disease, call Prince William Urology Associates or schedule an appointment online today.