Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Finding Solutions for Peyronie’s Disease
There are two things that men have been historically known for. One is the innate fascination with the penis. From early childhood on, a man is very aware of this part of his anatomy and, often, very concerned with its physical characteristics. A curve or lean in the penis can cause a great deal of stress. Because men are also historically known for being bad at asking for help, many men whose penile shaft is abnormally curved risk getting the help they need. With teamwork, a board-certified urologist and patient can find solutions for the condition known as Peyronie’s disease.
What is Peyronie’s Disease?
Some penile curvature and lean is normal. More significant curving may be diagnosed as Peyronie’s disease. This condition, related to the accumulation of plaque or scar tissue in the elastic membrane along the penile shaft, is typically diagnosed in men over the age of 40. However, it is possible for younger men to show signs of Peyronie’s disease. Scientists who have studied this condition suspect that many men go undiagnosed. Now that awareness and treatment options have improved, the number of formally diagnosed cases may increase as men create the healthcare team they need to support the quality of life they deserve.
Symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease
The abnormal curvature of the erect penis is a telltale sign of Peyronie’s disease. However, many men who develop a curve due to scar or plaque formation also experience:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Erectile pain
- A noticeable or palpable lump on one side of the shaft
- A sensation of lost girth or length in the erect penis
Treating Peyronie’s Disease
Dr. Shridharani is an experienced and esteemed urologist and men’s health physician who has served thousands of patients in the Chattanooga area. His consistent interest in new and improved treatment modalities makes him an excellent resource for men with Peyronie’s disease. Today, there is greater opportunity for men to choose between surgical and non-surgical treatment options. One of the recent developments in the treatment of Peyronie’s disease is the use of an injectable drug that breaks up plaque in the penile membrane to reduce the pull to one side.
No man has to tackle Peyronie’s disease on his own. To discuss your symptoms and learn which treatment options may be appropriate for you, call (423) 778-4MEN (4636).