Peyronie's Disease Can Lessen the Quality of Your Life
June 25, 2019
Peyronie's disease is likely caused by a minor injury or trauma to the penis during vigorous sexual activities, such as bending of the penis during intercourse. Moreover, sports injuries or other trauma involving the tunica albuginea can result in fibrosis or a buildup of scar tissue. However, not all men who suffer mild trauma to the penis end up with Peyronie's disease. Once plaque begins to form along the sides of penis, they may be felt during a physical exam whether the penis is erect or not.
Patients with smaller plaque deposits without significant curving of the penis, with little to no pain, and no other sexual problems may not need to be treated. In fact, your doctor may recommend a change of diet or dietary supplementation to support better healing. After all, Peyronie's disease is the result of a problem in how the body heals wounds. Men with connective tissue conditions as well as men with a close genetic link to a male family member who suffers from Peyronie's disease are at a greater risk of developing the disease.
Symptoms of Peyronie's Disease
Peyronie's disease is divided into two stages. The acute phase while the plaques are still forming in the penis can last up to 18 months and the chronic phase where the plaque stops growing and penis does not bend further. Common complaints of men living with the disease are listed below:
- painful erections
- soft erections
- plaque on top of penis
- bent or painful penis
- lumps in the penis
- trouble having intercourse
A healthcare provider may be able to diagnose Peyronie's disease with only a physical exam, as the hard plaques can often be felt. Nonetheless, your doctor may opt for ultrasound imaging to get a better picture of where the plaque has formed as well as check for calcium buildup and blood flow in your penis.
Pulsed Shock Wave Therapy for Treating Peyronie's Disease
When left untreated, the development Peyronie's disease can be a very dynamic process with increased inflammation in penile tissues and a worsening of the curvature. A physical exam and discussion with our NJ GAINSWave men's health specialist will help determine if extracorporeal shockwave therapy to breakdown fibrous plaque is a viable alternative for treating your penile curvature. Recent research has concluded that pulsed shockwave therapy utilizes a proven method that may provide relief from erectile dysfunction and restore sexual function. Moreover, the pulsed waves can break up plaque within the arteries for improved blood flow that results in a firmer, harder and straighter erection. If you are considering pulsed acoustic shockwaves treatment options, contact NJ GAINSWave to schedule an appointment with M.T. Shahab, MD.