Most men have some curve in their erect penis, but just a slight curve is not enough to cause problems. Less than half of one percent of men will have a bend in the penis that is extreme, so extreme it makes for painful intercourse, for the man or the man’s partner, or both. In some very few extreme cases, intercourse is not possible Imagine in this case a penis in that curves back on itself, not really straight at all.
Or imagine a penis that takes a right angle. Some erections look like a corkscrew. Doctors have a name for this condition called Peyronie’s Disease. Without the name doctors refer to the cause and that is fibrous cavernositis.
The erectile tissue has layers of fibrous scar tissue, or plaque, buildup in the cavernosa, the medical term for erectile tissue.
What causes Peyronie’s Disease?
The Peyronie’s Disease is under debate because no one can pinpoint what exactly causes it. Physicians do know that whenever the inelastic tissue replaces some of the elastic tissues, the conditions begins to manifest. Usually, erections will stretch some of the penis’ elastic tissues proportionally (by a little or a lot) which causes a man to have an erection that is straight.
Now, scar tissue (inelastic tissue) cannot be stretched and is in fact hard tissue. So while it remains hard, the penis’ other parts become engorged. This process is the cause of extreme bending called curvature. Men can also have what is known as a bottleneck.
Bottleneck is described as a pinching caused by tissue fully circling about that exact spot. Pinching can definitely cut off blood flow to the point it actually shortens the penis. Injury may be the cause of scarred tissue, but it is not the only cause. Inflammation may also cause the problem.
Any kind of erect penis trauma, such as bending it to the extreme while erect and a tearing occurred, can be a cause. Sometimes injections have caused Peyronie’s. It is possible for the needle to cause damage through insertion and the push of the fluids out of the syringe which could be too much pressure. This damage might happen under treatment for ED (erectile dysfunction) when a commonly given drug called caverject is administered to the patient.
Doctors have also looked to other types of medical conditions that could trigger symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease. It is possible arteriosclerosis or high blood pressure can contribute to the disease. Men with diabetes can also be susceptible to this condition.
There is also the possibility of genetic causes. The current theory is that most of the cases are caused by some kind of trauma and a slow healing process following the injury, or just abnormal and unexplained healing after the injury.
What is the waiting period?
Each case is handled on its own merit. Surgery may be the most obvious solution. Doctors favor a waiting period, of up to two years, before surgery. During the wait, other options are available. If surgery does not sound like an extreme decision, then do some research on the Internet using the keyword “penile curvature surgery,” but be warned because the images are rather disturbing.
Miraculously, 2 out of every 10 men will experience their bodies healing them of this condition, which can be encouraging to wait. On the other hand, about 4 out of 10 men will not see any improvement during the wait. The remaining 4 out of 10 men will see their condition worsen. So that is some things to think about while in waiting.
What are the results of the most popular surgeries?
There are two surgeries that are performed more than any other surgery and one of them is call the Nesbit. Interestingly enough, the results are less satisfying to hear because a man’s penis is shortened by about two inches, more so than not.
The other surgery is performed by using grafted tissue to replace the scar tissue. The surgery is known to leave the patient’s penis with part or complete erectile dysfunction. So in cases where surgery is in the equation, waiting provides a great opportunity to try alternative methods. It may be the case that some sort of alternative treatment is better than doing absolutely nothing, given that you are waiting. They are definitely more desired than the extremity of treatments related to surgery.
What is a traction device and vitamin E therapy?
Currently, traction devices have proven to be effective and are well documented. Traction along with vitamin E treatment may be a good choice. Basically, it works by applying measured traction over a consistent period to counteract scar tissue getting hard.
This method slowly straightens a man’s penis to the correct form. This type of device can even be worn under clothing while it works, too. So while a man is working at the job, the erectile dysfunction is discreetly getting treated.
Treatment follows a consistent application over several months. Several patients of post-penis surgery use the traction device in several hospitals as well as clinics throughout the regions of Europe and the United States. Physicians will also suggest it to their patients as an effective alternative for surgery.
Compared to surgical treatments, the traction device will cost you less money and has non-existent side effects. This has the added advantage of being labeled an “at-home treatment” which eliminates the risk of experiencing unnecessary trauma and other risks that comes with procedures in surgery. Moreover, adding vitamin E to the treatment, which was first studied in the 40s and 50s of the 1900s and is still under investigation, help effectively treat penile curvature.
Are there any other alternatives?
There is another alternative, a natural supplement, called potaba, which is potassium amonobezoate. There is proof that potaba is effective enough to treat penile curvature. The problem with potaba is that the course of treatment usually involves taking it for as long as six months of treatment with 24 pills every single day. That level of treatment can be costly. There are other medication and supplements out there, but usually it will need to be prescribed by a doctor. Men are always advised and encouraged to seek a physician before undergoing any treatment.