Paul H. Chung, MD, FACS
Reconstructive Urologist & Erectile Dysfunction Specialist located in Philadelphia, PA
Peyronie’s disease, which can cause penile curvature and other symptoms like pain during sex, affects around six in 100 men in the 40-70 age group today. If you suspect that you might have Peyronie’s disease, don’t suffer quietly any longer. Paul H. Chung, MD, a leading Peyronie’s disease specialist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is here to help. Book your appointment by calling the office nearest you.
Peyronie’s Disease Q & A
What is Peyronie’s disease?
Peyronie’s disease is a condition that causes scar tissue called a plaque to accumulate inside your penis. Often, the plaque is on just one side of your penis, which leads to penile curvature.
In some cases, the plaque can cause the penis to take on a bottleneck or hourglass appearance. You could also develop hard lumps or bumps in your penile tissue. Peyronie’s disease can cause not only malformation but also uncomfortable symptoms.
What are the symptoms of Peyronie’s disease?
In addition to curved or otherwise misshapen penis, Peyronie’s disease symptoms can also include:
- Shortened penis
- Erectile dysfunction
- Pain during erections
- Difficulty with penetration
These symptoms can be quite upsetting and can have a serious negative impact on your self-esteem and emotional wellness. According to the Urology Care Foundation, more than 75 out of 100 Peyronie’s disease sufferers feel embarrassed about their condition and fail to seek help.
If you suspect that you might have Peyronie’s disease, you can trust Dr. Chung for compassionate and understanding care. You don’t have to live with Peyronie’s symptoms any longer.
What is the treatment for Peyronie’s disease?
In the initial active phase of Peyronie’s disease, the scar tissue, and inflammation nay continue to develop over a period of 6-18 months. Dr. Chung uses conservative treatments such as manual modeling during the active phase to stretch the plaques and minimize their effect as much as possible.
In the passive phase of Peyronie’s disease, when the plaques are fully formed, Dr. Chung can perform a few different treatments based on your needs. Options for passive plaques include:
Xiaflex is the only FDA-approved, nonsurgical Peyronie’s disease treatment. Over several months, a series of injections are delivered into your plaque and combined with manual modeling to break down the plaque and reduce the curvature.
In penile plication, Dr. Chung sutures the unaffected side of your penis to straighten it out and make the two sides even. This brief procedure is able to improve curvature to less than 10 degrees in a matter of 30-45 minutes.
In plaque excision, Dr. Chung surgically removes the plaque from your penis. Depending on how this affects your penis shape and the size of the plaque removed, you may need a graft to restore normal contour and length.
Penile implants can improve penile appearance and function for many of Peyronie’s disease sufferers. If needed, Dr. Chung can combine penile implant surgery with manual modeling, penile plication, or plaque excision for the maximum correction.
Dr. Chung personalizes your Peyronie’s disease treatment for your needs, whether it is in the active or passive phase.
Call the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office nearest you for Peyronie’s disease treatment now.