Having frequent painful, curved erections could be a sign of Peyronie's disease. Because this condition can worsen without treatment, Burien, Washington’s top urology team, Jeffrey M. Frankel, MD; David C. Reed, MD; and Jeffrey L. Evans, MD, offers plenty of effective treatment solutions. If you’re struggling with pain during intercourse or know you have Peyronie’s disease, schedule an evaluation at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans. You can book your appointment either through the online scheduling system or over the phone.
You have several sponge-like tubes called corpora cavernosa inside your penis. These tubes, which are protected by a sheath of elastic tissue, contain several tiny blood vessels. During an erection, this protective sheath stretches as blood flow increases.
Peyronie’s disease occurs when fibrous scar tissue develops in your penis. It’s believed that this fibrous tissue builds up as a reaction to repeated injury to your penis. Injury can occur during sexual intercourse, exercise or sports, or an accident, among other instances.
When you have Peyronie’s disease, the area that has the scar tissue buildup doesn’t stretch as it should. This is what causes the painful curvature of your erection.
Your treatment plan depends on the severity of your symptoms. In some cases, Peyronie’s disease resolves on its own, so you don’t need to do anything special. If your symptoms don’t get any better — or they worsen — your urologist at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans could prescribe medication.
Collagenase is one of the most effective drugs for Peyronie’s disease. It’s also the only FDA-approved medication for this condition. This pill works by breaking down collagen buildup that causes the curvature. Some men get relief by taking interferon, which is a protein that disrupts collagen production, so it helps resolve curvature issues. Verapamil, a medication used for treating high blood pressure, also interferes with collagen production and helps with Peyronie’s disease.
Most men find relief shortly after starting a combined drug and modeling (manual reshaping) treatment. Surgery might be necessary if your penis is severely deformed or bothersome, though. Surgical treatment could involve straightening your penis by suturing the unaffected side, or by making incisions in the scar tissue to allow the affected sheath to stretch.
If needed, your urologist at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans can even place penile implants during surgery. These implants are designed to replace spongy tissue that’s responsible for filling with blood during an erection. By placing them in certain areas, implants help resolve abnormal curvature. Usually, you’re only a candidate for Peyronie’s disease surgery if you’ve had the condition for at least a year.
Schedule your exam for a Peyronie’s disease evaluation at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans. Book your visit either online or over the phone.