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When treating Peyronie's disease, the goal is to help the patient stay sexually active. Since this disorder progresses differently in each patient, some people will improve without any treatment, and only require education about the disease. Severe cases of this condition may require surgery. While unproven, there are also several types of experimental treatment options available.

An Overview of Peyronie's Disease Treatment

Men with Peyronie's disease usually seek medical attention because of painful erections and difficulty with intercourse. Since the cause of Peyronie's disease and its development are not well understood, Peyronie's disease treatment is usually empirical, meaning that doctors prescribe and continue methods that seem to help.
The goal of treatment for Peyronie's disease is to keep the patient sexually active. Providing education about Peyronie's disease and its course is often all that's required.

Recommendations on Treating Peyronie's Disease

No strong evidence shows that any Peyronie's disease treatment other than surgery is effective. Experts usually recommend surgery only in long-term cases in which the disease has stabilized and the deformity prevents intercourse.
Because the course of Peyronie's disease is different in each patient, and because some patients experience improvement without treatment, medical experts suggest waiting one to two years or longer before attempting to correct it surgically.
During the waiting period, patients are often willing to undergo experimental treatment options whose effectiveness has not been proven.
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