What You Need to Know about Peyronie’s Disease
By William Lovett, M.D.
Despite not receiving a lot of press, Peyronie’s disease is actually fairly common in men: according to John Hopkins School of Medicine, as many as 1 in 11 men have it. Today, I want to talk to those men about what this “disease” really is, what you can do to lessen the symptoms, and what we offer here at Your Wellness Center to help you regain confidence in the bedroom.
What is Peyronie’s disease?
First, Peyronie’s is technically not a “disease”, because you cannot catch it. It is a curvature of the penis that can go left, right, up, or down – really any way that the scar tissue makes it go.
Second, Peyronie’s disease occurs because plaque develops on the sides or top of the corpus cavernosum (sponge-like regions of erectile tissue). The same thing happens, for example, when you fall and scrape your knee. As the wound heals, the scarring constricts and knits the tissue together. This can cause shrinkage in the cells; with Peyronie’s, this means that the shrinkage on the side or top causes the penis to turn to that side. This is how the curvature develops.
What are the treatments for Peyronie’s?
Traditionally, people used to go in for surgery to correct Peyronie’s disease. These don’t normally have a high success rate and can be brutal to go through. In fact, many urologists won’t even do these surgeries anymore.
Luckily, a newer treatment has been developed. Multiple research studies discuss using naturally occurring growth factors in the body as a minimally-invasive, successful Peyronie’s disease treatment.
What are these growth factors?
Using growth factors is a regenerative medicine technique that uses your own blood to heal your body. We take a blood sample, spin it down in a special centrifuge to separate the platelets from the blood, and then inject it into specific areas to stimulate healing.
This process isn’t necessarily going to fully eliminate the curve, but it can lessen the curvature to the point where it’s less painful for you during intercourse, as well as look more anatomically natural. Our goal is to help you look and feel more confident.
If you feel you may have Peyronie’s Disease or if you have any questions, please give us a call at 513-791-9474 or fill out our consultation form.