Peyronie’s disease can be very painful while having negative physical and psychological effects on the men afflicted. With this disease, plaque forms under the skin of the penis and often alters the shape and firmness of erections.
The cause of Peyronie’s disease is not known, but experts believe it is the result of a traumatic injury. Genetics may also play a factor, as males in the same family often have a higher chance of affliction. The main symptom of this disease is the hard scar tissue, but this may also manifest as small clefts of the skin. Other symptoms include erectile dysfunction, painful erections, and impotence. Peyronie’s disease is not contagious.
Fog City Urology is highly regarded in the Bay Area for treating this lesser-known condition. Treatments are given on an individualized basis, depending on the severity and pain of each unique patient, but can include injections, iontophoresis, vitamin E supplementation, oral medication (tamoxifen, pentoxifylline, colchicine, sildenafil, L-arginine), or self-administered manual stretching techniques.
If you suspect you may be suffering from Peyronie’s disease, speak with our experienced urologists to find which road to recovery is right for you.