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Procedure - Peyronie’s Disease

What is Peyronie’s Disease?

Peyronie's disease is an abnormal curvature of the penis caused by scar tissue in the erectile tissue. Because the scar tissue prevents straightening of the penis, the curvature is most obvious during an erection. The curvature may be so severe that it prevents penetration during intercourse. Peyronie's disease usually affects men who are 50 and older.

What causes Peyronie’s Disease?

Although the exact cause of Peyronie's disease is unknown, some experts believe the scarring is caused by injury to the penis from accidents, sports, or vigorous sex. During sexual intercourse, the penis can be injured by being bent during penetration or by pressure from a partner's pubic bone. Experts also wonder if this disease involves a problem with wound-healing.

What does Pyronie’s Disease look and feel like?

The symptoms of Peyronie's disease can develop slowly or suddenly, and usually occur in men over age 50. Common symptoms include:

  • A bent or curved appearance of the penis that is most noticeable when erect.
  • A lump or thickening along the shaft of the penis that is most noticeable when the penis is soft.
  • A painful erection or tenderness when the lump along the side of the penis is touched.
  • An inability to keep an erection or achieve penetration during intercourse.

A bent or curved appearance of the penis that is most noticeable when erect. See your doctor as soon as possible after you notice signs or symptoms of Peyronie's disease. Early treatment gives you the best chance to improve the condition or prevent it from getting worse. If you've had the condition for some time, you may wish to see a doctor if the pain, curvature, length or other deformities bother you or your partner.

How is Pyronie’s Disease diagnosed and treated?

Peyronie's disease is diagnosed by physical examination of the penis that shows abnormal curvature and plaque/scar formation that may be palpated. While your primary care provider may diagnose the disease, they may refer you to an Ogden Clinic Urologist who is trained in urological and reproductive health. An X-ray or ultrasound may also assist the doctor in a diagnosis.

NOTE: You do not need a referral to see a specialist for Pyronie’s disease. Make an appointment with our urology department if you suspect you may have this condition.

Pyronie’s Disease Treatment Options

Pyronie’s disease rarely resolves itself. Medicines may help treat pain and reduce how much the penis curves. They include:

  • NSAIDS such as ibuprofen or naproxen for pain.
  • Pentoxifylline, a combination of vitamin E and colchicine, or carnitine to reduce scarring.
  • Collagenase, interferon, and verapamil to reduce scarring. These are given as shots into the scar tissue.

Surgery is only considered for men who have severe pain, a severely curved penis, or sexual dysfunction related to Peyronie's disease. Performed by a urology specialist, surgical options include removing the scar tissue or shortening the unaffected side of the penis. In some cases, use of a penile prosthesis may be used to help keep an erection during intercourse.

Austin  Bennion, FNP-C, Urology, Men's Health,  Professional Center South

Bennion, Austin, FNP-C
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3300
Tyler  Christensen, MD, Urology, Men's Health,  Professional Center South

Christensen, Tyler, MD
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3160
Jessica  Meents, PA-C, Urology, Men's Health,  Professional Center South

Meents, Jessica, PA-C
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3300
Raymond  Miller, FNP-C, Urology, Men's Health,  Professional Center South

Miller, Raymond, FNP-C
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3160
Bradford  Stevenson, MD, Urology, Men's Health,  Professional Center South

Stevenson, Bradford, MD
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3160
Robert  Wayment, MD, Urology, Men's Health,  Professional Center South

Wayment, Robert, MD
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3160