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I just returned from the South Central Section meeting of the American Urological Association in San Diego where I was presenting some research. Don’t worry though; this blog is not about my research. I did, however, want to share some things we discussed about Peyronie’s Disease.
Peyronies disease may affect many more men than those who actually seek treatment for it. It is a curvature of the penis with erection that is caused by a formation of a plaque in the erectile tissue of the penis. Initially, it may be accompanied by pain. The curvature may be so severe that it makes having sex difficult or the plaque may interfere with getting erections at all.
Men with this problem often need to be reassured that it is not a cancer, but they also need to know that there is treatment available. At the meeting we learned about some potential new treatments that are still under development and in the process of getting FDA approval. While these new medications are exciting there are still treatment options available today. I think most urologists who take an interest in Peyronie’s disease would agree that there is no good pill that will cure the disease, but intra-lesional therapy (where medicine is delivered directly into the plaque) can be helpful for certain men, and the sooner this is started the better the results can be. Other men may need a minor surgical procedure but this should not be done until the plaque has stabilized and is no longer painful. The goal of any therapy should be the return of erections strong enough and straight enough for sexual intercourse.
My advice to anyone who thinks they have this problem is to find a urologist interested in this disease and seek help. Though results may take time and patience may be required, successful restoration of straight erections is possible.
If you are in the Dallas area or are willing to travel, please feel free to contact my office for an appointment to further discuss these issues. Also, I have included below some links to websites that might be useful for those seeking more information on Peyronie’s Disease. Please note that I have no relationship with any of the companies or organizations that sponsor these websites.
Take care and have a blessed day,
Dan B. French, M.D. Urologist specializing in Male Infertility and Sexual Health