An overview of Peyronie’s disease

An overview of Peyronie’s disease

Peyronie’s disease is a condition that affects around 0.5 to 1% of men. It is a painful disease that can result in a bend developing in the shaft of the penis. That bend can make sex difficult and painful. In some men, the bend is visible and cause problems even when the penis is not erect.

Treatment is now available

Up until recently, this disease was difficult to treat effectively. But, a new Peyronie’s Disease treatment protocol has been developed. For most patients, it is proving to be a good solution.

Understanding the mechanics of Peyronie’s disease

The curve in the penis is caused by a buildup of plaque. Over time, at this point, the penis becomes less flexible. This stiffness in the tissue leads to an unnatural level of tension, which is why the penis begins to bend. When that plaque is removed most of the problems related to the condition are solved.

Why Peyronie’s disease can lead to erectile dysfunction

This plaque builds up inside the tunica albuginea, which is a multilayered fibrous membrane. Its main function is to keep the blood in the penis, while it is erect. Unsurprisingly, when that membrane becomes inflamed or diseased erectile dysfunction soon follows.

This, combined with excruciating pain during intercourse leaves many sufferers unable to have sex. Even those that can get and keep an erection experience too much pain to be able to enjoy sexual intercourse.

How the treatment works

Removing the plaque frees up the tissue again, allowing it to fulfill its function. In some men that plaque gradually disappears on its own. But, for many, this painful condition becomes a permanent one.

Getting rid of the plaque

The new treatment works by removing that plaque, stimulating the growth of new tissue and remobilizing the penis. It is a complex treatment plan that requires the use of specialist equipment. So, it is not yet widely available.

It is a noninvasive procedure. The plaque is broken down using a device that delivers low-intensity acoustical waves to the right point on the penis. This process produces very few, if any, side effects. No drugs need to be administered, so it can be done in-office and it provides long-term improvements.

Promoting healing

However, it takes a very long time for the damage in that area to fully heal. That is why some clinics are now also offering Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments to men who are recovering from Peyronie’s disease.

This form of treatment is still in its infancy, but many clinicians are seeing benefits when they administer it as a way to aid tissue repair. This research paper explains why that is. The fact that the damage caused by Peyronie’s disease means that PRP can help a lot with the recovery process.

Regenerative therapy

Some clinics are also able to offer Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) treatment. The aim of this is to speed up the rate at which the body gets rid of the plaque.

There is no doubt that the outcome for men who are suffering from Peyronie’s disease has drastically improved. These new treatment options are proving to be highly effective. Time and their increasing use are likely to make them even more so, in the future.

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