Correction Options for a Curved Penis
If you suffer from a curved penis (Peyronie's Disease), Dr. Larry Lipshultz offers sophisticated treatments to help you reclaim a healthy, enjoyable sex life. Peyronie's Disease is an inflammatory condition in which plaque, or scar tissue, forms beneath the skin of the penis, causing a curved erection that can be painful. Many men with a curved penis do not experience pain and can engage comfortably in sex. However, for many others, the curvature can be severe enough to make sex virtually impossible and quite painful. This, in turn, can cause a man to experience great stress and anxiety. Fortunately, Dr. Lipshultz offers several treatments that can help you correct a curved penis. Contact our Houston practice today to learn more about how our world-renowned practice can help you improve you confidence, comfort, and quality of life.
Symptoms of Peyronie's Disease
The visible signs of Peyronie's Disease are caused by the development of scar tissue beneath the skin of the penis, which feels abnormally hard. The scar tissue most commonly develops on the top surface of the penis; however, it can develop on the sides or underside of the penis as well. Some men develop scar tissue on all surfaces of the penis. The common symptoms of Peyronie's Disease, visible during an erection, include:
- A visible curve, or bend, in the penis, beginning where the hardened scar tissue is felt
- Narrowing of the penis
- Inability to Maintain an Erection
- Pain during sexual intercourse
Treating Peyronie's Disease
In some cases, symptoms of Peyronie's Disease can improve over time. In others, the symptoms persist, and treatment may be necessary. There are several treatment options available to help men overcome Peyronie's Disease, depending upon the severity of the condition:
Vitamin E can help treat fibrosis, or the development of excessive connective tissue, making it a commonly recommended treatment for Peyronie's Disease. Other oral medications include:
- Daily PDE5i
If a case calls for a higher dose of medication applied directly to the plaque, there are specific medications manufactured for direct injection:
- Vepamil, typically used to treat high blood pressure, appears to halt production of collagen, which can contribute to the formation of scar tissue.
- Interferon, a protein that appears to disrupt the formation of scar tissue.
- Collagenase, an enzyme that can break down scar tissue.
In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct a curved penis. Surgical procedures commonly used to treat Peyronie's Disease include:
- The removal of scar tissue, which is then replaced with a graft of porcine tissue or a synthetic material.
- Tunica Tightening / Plication, or the tightening of the skin on one side of the penis to counteract the curvature.
- Penile Prosthesis
Learn More about Treating Peyronie's Disease
If Peyronie's Disease is compromising your sex life and overall quality of life, Dr. Lipshultz can help you. Contact our world-renowned Houston practice today to learn how a curved penis can be corrected using today's most sophisticated treatments.