Peyronie’s Disease And Surgery

Surgery to cure or treat Peyronie'e disease or bent penisPeyronie’s disease is condition that affects approximately 1% of the adult male population.

Its exact cause is largely unknown but is characterised by plaque or hard lump that form along one side of the penis shaft.

The plaque develops on the upper or lower side of the penis in layers containing erectile tissue. It begins as a localized inflammation and can develop into a hardened scar causing extreme discomfort.

More about Peyronie’s Disease

Not all penile curvatures are symptomatic of Peyronie’s, a bent or curved penis is incredibly common.

A penile curvature is not necessarily painful – it is the plague or hard fibrous tissue under the skin that causes the discomfort and can make sexual intercourse extremely painful.

Although Peyronie’s was first coined Peyroinie’s over 200 years ago doctors treat the disease on a case by case basis – there does not seem to a standard procedure.

The two most common treatments are surgery and traction.

More about Traction To Correct Peyronie’s

The medical profession usually recommend surgery only in long-term cases when the disease has stabilized and the deformity is preventing sexual intercourse.

Surgery is the quickest way to correct a curvature or Peyronie’s but also the most likely to cause complication. Over half of penile correction operation are successful, which means that just under half are not.

A GP or doctor will suggest that a sufferer waits 1 to 2 years before any corrective surgery is carried out. During that wait, patients are often advised alternative treatments (such as traction) a high proportion of patients discover that the condition has corrected itself with a non surgical procedure.

Time is the biggest factor – a surgical procedure is extremely quick and can take weeks to fully recover, whereas using a traction device can take several months.

Experimental Treatments

Some researchers have given vitamin E orally to patients in small-scale studies and have reported improvements. Although no controlled studies have established any firm connection between vitamin E and Peyronie’s.

Similar inconclusive studies have been documented using an oral application of para-aminobenzoate, a substance belonging to the family of B-complex molecules.

Researchers have injected chemical agents such as verapamil, collagenase, steroids, calcium channel blockers, and interferon alpha-2b directly into the penis in the area where the plague is thickest.

Radio Therapy Treatment

Radiation therapy, in which high-energy rays are aimed at the plaque have aslo been trialed.  Like some of the alternative chemical based treatments, radiation appears to reduce pain, but it has no effect at all on the plaque itself and can present the patient with more problems than it solves.

Peyronie’s Disease Surgery

The most traumatic of the medical procedures is invasive surgery.

The two most common surgical procedures are

  • The removal of the plague by scraping – this though can involve partial loss of erectile function, especially rigidity.
  • The placement of a patch of skin or artificial material, and removal or pinching of tissue from the side of the penis opposite the plaque, which cancels out the bending effect. This is known as the Nesbit Procedure and can decrease the size of the erect penis.

Peyronie’s Disease Surgery Costs

Costs can vary from doctor to doctor and from clinic to clinic – if you did entertain the idea of surgery you should budget for a cost of at least £2000.

Any kind of non life threatening surgery should be carefully considered especially a procedure on your most delicate and valuable bodily asset.