For those of you who don’t know, Peyronie’s disease is a condition bearing the name of Francois de la Peyronie, a famous doctor in his time surgeon to King Louis XIV of France. He was the first man to describe this rare condition in 1743, when not much was known about the inner workings of the penis. And while the cause of this disease is not clear, there is enough info on its development for us to provide a simple description here.
“Tunica Albuginea” is the tougher layer of connective tissue that surrounds the soft Corpora Cavernosa. For reasons unknown to science at this moment, scar tissue begins to form in the “Tunica Albuginea”. This tissue prevents the normal expansion of the penis during erections and, in time, forms a permanent bend in the penis to one side or the other.
The disease is somewhat painful at first, but the pain eventually goes away on its own. There is no need to resort to painkillers or to fear falling into the trap of long-term abuse of such pills. The only effect of this disease is the curvature, which is visible when the penis is erect, and possibly a shortening of the penis in the flaccid state. Most men suffering from it are able to have sex with their partners and experience no pain during intercourse. Nevertheless, as the angle of the curvature draws close to 90 degrees, intercourse becomes more and more of a problem.
The disease can affect men of all races and ages, but it is most commonly seen in Caucasian males ages 40 and up. It is not contagious and is in no way related to cancer or other serious conditions. There is no known universal cure and some of the men which science was able to help have experienced relapses. The list of treatments developed to fight Peyronie’s disease is quite large, but not one of them was proved to be the best solution to the problem.
One of the most recommended treatments is surgery. Severe cases are always solved through the insertion of implants via surgical intervention. A couple of years ago, surgery was the method of choice for treating Peyronie’s disease because there were no proven alternatives. Penile implants are plastic cylinders, either solid or inflatable, which are placed inside the Corpora Cavernosa. The surgeon can either place the implants inside the penis and let them do the work of straightening out the organ, or he can try to bend the penis against the plaque in order to increase the implant’s chance of successfully correcting the curvature.
Yet another widespread way of attempting to treat Peyronie’s disease is the use of tissue grafts. This procedure entails the complete surgical removal of the lump of plaque that develops on the penis and straightening the penis in order to bring it back to the original shape. Doctors tend to advise patients to accept this approach in cases featuring large plaques or severely bent penises.
However, the most widely used method for straightening congenital curvature of the penis is the Nesbit Procedure. During this procedure the penis is filled with a sterile physiologic salt solution in order to cause an artificial erection. The surgeon gathers with a clamp the outer side of the bend, which forces the Tunica Albuginea to straighten the penis.
Other promising treatments focus on the use of Collagenase injections to break down the plaque and remove it or Verapamil injections to prevent new plaque from forming. One of the most popular treatments uses Vitamin E to help the skin heal and reduce the plaque. Since the skin healing properties of Vitamin E have been known for quite some time, the use of this vitamin to contain Peyronie’s has been a popular solution since the 1940s. Another widespread treatment is Potaba, a short form of the proper technical name: Potassium aminobenzoate. Recent studies have shown that Potaba can help men suffering from Peyronie’s disease to a certain extent, but it’s unclear how effective this substance is.
And one of the best ways of dealing with Peyronie’s disease is to use a traction device to straighten the penis. Despite the controversy surrounding such novel approaches as traction devices, several clinical studies have already been conducted in order to assess the effectiveness of this technique. The traction device, which is part of the SizeGenetics penis enlargement program, works by forcing the tissue that makes up the penis to expand instead of retracting and increasing the curve. By using the SizeGenetics device on a regular basis, the men who took part in clinical studies have been able to reduce their curvatures and maintain or increase the size of their penises.
The traction device was classified as a Medical Device Type 1 by the health authorities of the European Union and bears the CE sing, while the manufacturing process is fully compliant with the ISO13485:2003 and ISO90001:2000 quality management standards. Included in the SizeGenetics package is a free membership to PenisHealth, the penis exercises program featuring a series of exercises designed to decrease the curvature caused by Peyronie’s disease. Members of this program can learn to increase the length and girth of their penises, correct curvatures, prevent premature ejaculation and maintain sexual fitness throughout the years.