Peyronie's Disease Treatment

Surgery as a Peyronie's Disease Treatment

Surgery for Peyronie's disease can be a successful form of treatment in some men. The two most common surgical procedures used in the treatment of Peyronie's disease are:
 
  • Removal or expansion of the plaque, followed by placement of a patch of skin or artificial material
  • Removal or pinching of tissue from the side of the penis opposite the plaque, which cancels out the bending effect.
     
The first method can involve partial loss of erectile function, especially rigidity. The second method, known as the Nesbit procedure, causes a shortening of the erect penis.
 
Some men choose to receive an implanted device that increases rigidity of the penis. In some cases, an implant alone will straighten the penis adequately. In other cases, implantation is combined with a technique of incisions and grafting or plication (pinching or folding the skin) if the implant alone does not straighten the penis.
 
Most types of surgery produce positive results. But because complications can occur, and because many of the phenomena associated with Peyronie's disease (for example, shortening of the penis) are not corrected by surgery, most doctors prefer to perform surgery only on the small number of men with curvature so severe that it prevents sexual intercourse.
 

Experimental Treatment Methods

There are a few different types of experimental treatments for Peyronie's disease. They include:
 
  • Vitamin E
  • Para-aminobenzoate
  • Radiation therapy
  • Other experimental treatments.
     
Vitamin E
In some small-scale studies, researchers have given oral doses of vitamin E to men with Peyronie's disease and have reported improvements. Yet no controlled studies have established the effectiveness of vitamin E therapy as a standard Peyronie's disease treatment.
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