Treatment For Peyronie's Disease
There is no one universally agreed treatment for Peyronie's disease. There are number of treatment options but your Peyronie's condition may influence which options are available to you.
The sooner you seek help, the more options you will have.
No Peyronie's treatment can guarantee satisfying results. Treatment may work well for some Peyronie's patients but not for others.
It is recommended to look for satisfying result, i.e. to stop the progression of the disease, maintain full sexual function and finally reverse the condition as much as possible (straighten the bent penis).
The Peyronie's treatments can be divided into two groups, surgical and non-surgical treatments. Penis surgery is always the last option, due to the high risk of serious side effects involved. Most Peyronie's patients have exhausted the non-surgical options prior to opting for a surgical treatment.
The following is a short summary of the main Peyronie's treatments options available. I go into each of them in more detail on my other website, MyPeyronies.com.
Non-Surgical Treatment For Peyronie's Disease
The non-surgical Peyronie's treatments include medication (oral and injections), penis stretching devices (penis extenders and penis vacuum pumps), as well as other more controversial treatment options.
The biggest benefit of oral treatments is the convenience, just swallowing some tablets on regular basis. The cost however varies greatly. Some are relatively cheap whilst others can be relatively expensive treatment option.
These are the most popular oral treatment for Peyronie's disease in alphabetical order:
- Vitamin E
There is some risk and side effects involved in taking any medication, i.e. taking any drug or supplement affects the function of the body.
It is important to be aware of any possible risk and side effects and evaluate them against the possible benefits of the treatment in question.
Some oral treatments are considered more effective than others are. Some popular oral treatments (like Vitamin E) are now considered of little value for Peyronie's patients.
Most Peyronie's specialists recommend oral treatment in combination with other Peyronie's treatment options, e.g. injections and the use of penis traction device.
There are number of Peyronie's penis injection treatments available, the most popular are Verapamil, Corticosteroids and Interferon Alpha injections.
Injection treatment for Peyronie's disease is more invasive than taking oral medication, and as such riskier option. However, by injecting the medication directly into the penis plaque, the medication has less affect on the rest of the body. This targeted approach seems to give better results.
Peyronie's penis injections are among the more expensive treatment options, but your public healthcare / health insurance provider might cover some or all of the cost involved.
Penis Stretching Devices
All penis stretching devices work on the same principle, i.e. by applying gentle but consistent traction to stretch the penis tissue.
The traction triggers the body's natural response of growing more tissue to ease the tension. Over time, this may help reduce the penis plaque and reduce the penis curvature.
Various studies have shown that traction therapy can be beneficial for men with Peyronie's disease. Penis stretching though does not work for all Peyronie's patients.
Men with mild or moderate penile curvature can expect the best results.
There are two main types of penis stretching devices available:
- Penis Traction Devices (Penis Extenders)
- Penis Vacuum Pumps (VED)
Both traction devices and penis pumps work on the same rationale to stretch the penis to encourage the reconstruction of the scar tissue inside the penis.
Penis traction devices apply more traction force and over longer period, meaning they tend to more successful in treating penis curvature. Penis vacuum pump may though be more convenient for some men, as well as benefit men that suffer from low quality erections.
I know traction therapy can work as it worked for me. I used penis traction device to successfully treat my Peyronie's disease. You can read My Peyronie's Story on my other website.
Men with Peyronie's disease should use good quality medically approved penis stretching device. Peyronie's disease is a medical condition and the last thing you want to do is to make your condition worse.
Other Non-Surgical Treatment For Peyronie's Disease
Other more controversial non-surgical treatments include the use of shock wave therapy, Iontophoresis and topical Verapamil. Most of them have not been very effective for treating Peyronie's disease.
Then there are the so-called alternative treatments. They are called so because there is no or limited documented support that they work on Peyronie's conditions. This includes treatments like special diets, the use of supplements, special exercises and other alternative treatment options, like reiki, acupuncture, reflexology, and relaxation techniques.
As the search for cure continues, men are always looking for new Peyronie's treatments. The most promising new treatment on the horizon is Xiaflex, which might become the first FDA approved treatment for Peyronie's disease (late 2013).
Other new treatments that are in the very early stages of research and development include the use of Botox, Hybrid Medical and Stem Cells therapy.
Surgical Treatment For Peyronie's Disease
Penis surgery is always the last Peyronie's treatment option, due to the inherent risk of surgical procedure and severity of possible side effects. Most men have exhausted the non-surgical treatment option prior to reaching this stage.
All surgery includes certain level of risk. There can be complications during surgery or post surgery, like infections or delayed healing.
The potential side effects from penis surgery can also be severe. Erectile dysfunction, impotence, penis shortening, loss of elasticity and reduced penis sensation are all potential side effects from any penile surgery.
Penis surgery is also the most expensive treatment for Peyronie's disease but your public healthcare / health insurance provider might cover some or all of the cost involved.
On the other hand, penis surgery is the most reliable way to correct penis curvature. There is no question it can give the quickest and most reliable cosmetic result.
Surgery may also be the only treatment option available for men with severely deformed penis. Those men may have all to gain but little to lose by going under the knife.
Surgery is only performed on men that have reached the stable stage of the disease, i.e. when the disease has stopped progressing.
Suitable candidates for surgical treatment for Peyronie's disease are men with stable, painless penis deformity with compromised ability, or inability, to engage in sexual intercourse because of penis deformity or diminished rigidity.
There are three main types of Peyronie's surgeries:
The main aim of penis surgery is to correct the penis curvature and there are two ways to achieve this. This can be done by either shortening the longer side of the penis (plication) or by lengthening the shorter side of the penis (grafting).
While penis implants are reserved for men with erectile dysfunction that have not responded to other treatment. Penis implant surgery involves permanently inserting inflatable plastic cylinder (penile prosthesis) inside the penis. The implant allows the patient to gain rigid erection on demand.
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