Peyronie's Disease Treatment Bergen County
A man's penis is an important part of his identity and plays a major role in urinary and sexual functions. More importantly, a man's sexuality is a key source of physical pleasure for procreation and emotional bonding with a partner. Although penises come in all shapes and sizes, a non-painful curve to one direction or the other does not cause problems. However, when the formation of fibrous tissue, called plaque, hardens in the spongy tissue, any extreme angle or curve can become quite painful during a firm erection.
The plaque beneath the skin is not a tumor but, if left unattended, it can lead to serious problems including diminished emotional well-being and dissatisfaction with one's sex life. Although the root cause of Peyronie's disease is somewhat unknown, medical experts believe many cases are caused by trauma to the penis, such as an unusual motion that caused the penis to bend during an erection. Nonetheless, some men experience Peyronie's disease with no history of trauma suggesting the aging process and genetic makeup also are likely contributors to an extreme curvature.
Symptoms of Peyronie's Disease
The penis is comprised of two erectile rods called the corpora cavernosa that can become inflamed during sexual relations causing scar tissue to form. Although Peyronie's disease is rare, the buildup of plague can cause the penis to bend at an extreme angle leading to an extremely painful sexual experience. Common symptoms of the disorder include:
- Plague-related loss of flexibility
- Discomfort during intercourse
- Lack of penetration due to curvature
- Lumps or hardness in the penis
- Soft or flaccid erections
- Swelling or bruising of penile tissue
Many men are embarrassed to talk about their condition and choose to suffer in silence rather than discussing treatment options with a doctor who specializes in men's health. Unfortunately, Peyronie's disease can create a serious quality-of-life issue, especially if sexual intercourse becomes increasingly painful. It may also lead to a shortening of the penis, or cause pain when the penis is not erect.
Safe Options for Treating Peyronie's Disease?
Development of Peyronie's disease is a very dynamic process early on but the inflammation may decrease with time. Nonetheless, without therapy, worsening of the curvature is likely to continue. A physical exam and discussion with a men's health specialist is usually sufficient to diagnose the disorder.* An effective treatment regimen for curvature of the penis can be individualized for each patient. Although Peyronie's disease is seldom seen in young men, some cases are reported by men in their early 30s. The disease is considered active anytime there is pain associated with an erection.
By utilizing pulsed acoustic waves to breakdown fibrous plaque, NJ GAINSWave Therapy offers a great alternative to previously recommended PD treatments and chemical options. Multiple studies have concluded that shockwave therapy utilizes a proven method as a lasting treatment option for restoring sexual function to an affected organ. Furthermore, the pulsed waves can effectively break up plaque deposits within the arterial walls for improved blood flow. If you are considering Peyronie's disease treatment options, contact NJ GAINSWave to schedule an appointment with M.T. Shahab, MD.
*NOTE: Every man's body is different, so results may vary from one case to the next.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Peyronie's Disease?
Men who suffer with Peyronie's disease can have very different presentations. The most common finding during a physical exam is a lump or hard area of plaque in the non-erect penis. Some men complain about painful erections while others are barely affected by penile deformity. The curvature naturally occurs because of the inability for the penile rods to expand fully due to scarring.
How Is Peyronie's Disease Diagnosed?
A physical examination by an experienced doctor trained in men's sexual health is usually sufficient to diagnose Peyronie’s disease. The hard plaques can usually be felt with or without an erection. In rare cases, ultrasound imaging or digital x-rays may be used to check for the presence of calcification of penile plaque. Painful erections are the most common complaint.
Can Peyronie's Disease Cause Shortening of the Penis?
The buildup and hardening of plaque in the soft tissue of the penis can cause severe bending, denting, and even shortening of penile length. Removal of the plaque using pulsed acoustic shockwave therapy can restore flexibility and may increase penis length and girth, whereas a surgical procedure for Peyronie's disease that relies on plication may result in further shortening of the penis.
How Many Men Are Affected by Penile Plaque?
No one knows for sure how many men are affected by Peyronie's disease. Problems with penile plaque can be genetic but male family members rarely discuss sexual health issues with each other. Although the disease is diagnosed in about 6% of men between age 40 and 70, researchers believe most cases of Peyronie's disease go unreported.
How long do the effects last?
GAINSWave effects have been medically proven to last 2- 3 years.
Due to ED, I have not been sexually active in over 5 years. Oral ED medications did not work for me. Now after getting the GAINSWave, I feel confident that I can be spontaneous and enjoy my relationship with my wife again. It's not very often you get a second chance to start over at my age, and I'm grateful for GAINSWave therapy.
— John B. (Attorney) - Bergen County, NJ