Peyronie's Disease Urologist - Dr. Angelo Gousse, MD
Men with erectile problems may have a condition called Peyronie’s disease. It is a condition where a man develops plaque inside their penis. As a result, the penis curves more toward one side, making it difficult to get erections and painful to maintain erections.
It will be pretty easy to notice Peyronie’s disease if you have it. Not only will you notice a curvature of your penis, but lots of plaque will form around your penis. If you look at the penis shaft, it will show a kind of deformity resembling a bottleneck. There will be a hard lump or clump of skin tissue inside the penis. That is why it is painful to maintain an erection while suffering from this condition.
The urological community doesn’t have an apparent reason why people develop Peyronie’s disease. It may be a genetic disorder or autoimmune disorder, but nobody knows for sure. Many urologists think the disease could be attributed to a prior injury of the penis, which caused it to develop internal bleeding.
Remember that the penis is highly sensitive. It only takes a small injury of the penis to cause great pain and significant amounts of scar tissue. The tissue develops due to the body trying to heal the penis. The problem with excess tissue is that it doesn’t stretch as the penis does. So if you try to form an erection, the stiff tissue will curve your penis.
Is There a Treatment for Peyronie’s Disease?
Yes, there are treatments available for Peyronie’s disease. These treatments work to restore a man’s ability to form erections healthily and without any pain. But don’t expect the shape of the penis to return to normal because it will usually change the shape of your penis forever. It seems the treatments may only work temporarily.
Let’s examine each type of treatment for the disease more closely:
You should take oral medications when you first notice the disease forming on your penis. It won’t eliminate scar tissue inside the penis, but it will prevent some scarring from forming on the outside.
Penile Traction Therapy
If you want help with the penis curvature problem, you might want to try penile traction therapy. A stretching device is installed to straighten the penis and reduce the curvature. You won’t experience that many side effects either.
Plaque is hard skin tissue that doesn’t break easily. But you can target the plaque by injecting a liquid medication into it directly, such as Interferon and Verapamil. Many patients have found success getting these injections. They may not eliminate the plaque completely, but you should see some improvement in your condition.
An FDA-approved medicinal injection is available for treating Peyronie’s disease called Xiaflex. We recommend you try that out first.
If you purchase topical medications over the counter or even through prescription, you won’t see hardly any results after you apply the solutions to your penis. However, you would at least need iontophoresis when using a topical treatment like Verapamil. That would give you the best results.
Iontophoresis is a technological treatment method involving a small device that applies a topical medicine (Verapamil) through small electric currents. Urologists recommend iontophoresis to patients who don’t want injections or cannot get injections.
A urologist can use a few surgical techniques to deal with scar tissue or plaque. First, they will pinch the excess tissue on the outside by the plication of the penis. After that, grafting surgery replaces the affected tissue with stronger and healthier tissue. Not all men qualify for the surgery, so you have to be a qualifying candidate for the procedure.
Penile Implant Surgery
One of the most effective ways to fix the curvature problem of the penis is to get penile implant surgery. It is an invasive procedure recommended as a last resort for men if the other treatments are ineffective.
What are the best sources for obtaining more information and facts about Peyronie’s disease?
The best source is to talk with a qualified urologist. When you make an appointment to speak with our urologists at Gousse Urology, we can give you all the information you need to understand Peyronie’s disease better.
It is critical to get medical information from credible sources because the internet has a lot of misinformation spreading around about pretty much every topic. Since a urologist is a highly trained professional regarding urologic conditions, you know you can trust their information.
Another alternative is to contact the Association of Peyronie’s Disease Advocates. It is an official non-profit organization founded by a man who suffers from Peyronie’s disease. Their mission is to raise public awareness about the disease so that men understand it better.
Contact Gousse Urology
Have you experienced any signs or symptoms of Peyronie’s disease? Whether you have or not, it is still a good idea to make an appointment with our licensed urologist in South Florida.
Dr. Angelo Gousse has over 25 years of experience treating men suffering from Peyronie’s disease. He can apply some advanced treatment methods proven effective time after time.
Gousse Urology has a professional urologic team ready to diagnose and treat your Peyronie’s disease. All you need to do is make an appointment by calling us at 954-362-2720.