Peyronie’s disease is a curvature of the penis caused by a buildup of scar tissue. There are many options for treating this condition.
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Is Peyronie’s Disease Curable?
It’s one of the first questions people ask about this condition: Is Peyronie’s disease curable?
The short answer is no. However, your doctor has a range of treatment options at their disposal that can help you manage the condition.
First, let’s take a closer look at the disease. Although doctors don’t fully understand why, this condition causes scar tissue to build up along the shaft, causing the penis to curve. This often happens to men as they age and is seen most frequently in men over 50, but it can affect some younger men as well.
Treating Peyronie’s generally involves reducing scar tissue along the shaft. For a severe curve, surgical interventions are also available to correct the curve and restore function.
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Living With Peyronie’s Disease
During the early phase of Peyronie’s, when the curvature first begins, it’s common to feel discomfort during an erection. However, this pain often goes away over time. A mild curve that doesn’t interfere with sexual function may not need any intervention. If the curvature does affect your sex life or it causes feelings of stress and anxiety, you can work with your partner or talk to a therapist about trying different positions that lessen the effect of Peyronie’s disease.
A more severe curve can cause difficulty maintaining an erection or achieving penetration. In these cases, you may want to talk to your doctor about treatment options that can minimize the curve. Early intervention is always the best way to reduce the scar tissue buildup, so talk to your doctor at the first sign of a change in curvature.
Our experts understand how Peyronie’s can affect your life and can guide you through the treatment options that may be best for you. To speak with an expert at UPMC, visit UPMC Men’s Health Center or call 1-877-647-4636(4MEN).</p>
The UPMC Department of Urology treats all manners of conditions involving the urinary tract and male reproductive organs. We treat those disorders both in children and adults. We have a multifaceted team of physicians and researchers working together to provide the best care. We provide cutting-edge treatments, and we continue to lead research into even better methods for diagnosis and treatment. U.S. News & World Report ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside as among the best hospitals in the country for urological care.