What is Peyronie’s Disease?
A curved erection caused by Peyronie's disease may happen because of a problem in the way the body heals after an injury (a connective tissue disorder).
When this happens, the body doesn't properly control how much scar tissue develops and too much builds up gradually. A bump of scar tissue forms under the skin of the penis. This bump is called a Peyronie's plaque.
This isn't the kind of plaque that can develop in your arteries. If you feel around the inner part of the bend in your penis you may be able to feel this bump of scar tissue.
If the plaque forms on the top of the penis, it will make the erect penis curve up. If the plaque forms on one side of the penis, the erect penis will curve to that side.
WHAT CAUSES PEYRONIE'S DISEASE?
While no one knows the exact cause of Peyronie's disease, these could likely be contributing factors:
- ONE OR MORE INJURIES TO THE PENIS
This can occur during athletic activities, an accident, or sex. During vigorous sex especially, the penis can accidentally bend and become injured.
Men with family members who have Peyronie's disease or other related conditions may be more likely to get it. Genetic issues in these men may result in problems healing after an injury.
Older men are more likely to have less firm erections that can bend more easily, which may put them at higher risk for injury.
What are the symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease:
- A CURVED ERECTION WITH OR WITHOUT PAIN
If you develop a curve in your erection that you didn't notice before, it may be a sign that you could have Peyronie's disease. Some men report they feel pain in their erection as the curve develops for the first 12 to 18 months.
- A PEYRONIE'S PLAQUE
This is a bump of scar tissue under the skin of the penis. It's most commonly found on the top side of the penis. Some men can feel it, while others don't notice it.
- BOTHERED BY YOUR ERECTION
Many men with Peyronie's disease report being bothered by the way their curved erection looks and the challenges it presents to their ability to engage in sexual activity.
HOW WE TREAT PEYRONIE'S DISEASE
The Swiss Wave Therapy employed by Hightower Men’s clinic uses acoustic shock waves applied directly to the Peyronie’s plague. This breaks down the fibrous scar tissue and allows it to be filtered out of the penis without surgical intervention. Patients see a reduction in penile curvature, an increase in erectile performance, elasticity, and a reduction in the pain associated with Peyronie’s disease during intercourse.