Peyronie’s disease is the development of fibrous scar tissue inside the penis that causes curved, painful erections.
Having a curved erection is common and isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. In some men, however, Peyronie’s disease causes a significant bend and/or pain, which can prevent a man from having sex or might make it difficult to get or maintain an erection. It is therefore not uncommon for Peyronie’s disease to additionally be a cause of stress and anxiety.
Peyronie’s disease, in a small percentage of cases, can go away on its own. In most cases, though, it will remain stable or worsen. Treatment might be needed if the curvature is severe enough that it prevents successful sexual intercourse.
The cause of Peyronie’s disease isn’t completely understood, but a number of factors appear to be involved. It is thought Peyronie’s disease may result from repeated injury to the penis where scar tissue forms in a disorganized manner leading to a nodule that you can feel or development of curvature. Researchers are also investigating whether Peyronie’s disease might be linked to an inherited trait, such as Dupuytren’s contracture, or certain health conditions.
If you have symptoms of Peyronie’s disease, we can help with safe treatment options. For a long time, there were no options, other than surgical procedures, to plicate and surgically straighten the erection, at the cost of overall penile length. There is now an alternative. For some patients, Xiaflex injections can be used to break up and mold the plaque and improve curvature. Our staff of expertly trained and highly specialized board-certified physician-surgeons can diagnose the condition and offer treatment options. To schedule an appointment, please call the Urology Group of Princeton at 609.924.6487.