Peyronie’s disease is the development of scar tissue along the tunica albuginea, which is the fiber sheath that surrounds the erectile tissue of the male penis.
For reasons sometimes known, sometimes unknown, scar tissues (called plaque) can develop in this tissue. It can occur due to injurious sexual activity, injurious non-sexual activity, or normal sexual activity without injury.
As the scar tissue develops, it creates a rigid area of this tissue that should be elastic. The consequence of developing significant scar tissue along the tunica is that it can cause the penis during an erection to bend and curve to a degree that either makes erection difficult or sexual activity difficult.
The scar tissue development isn’t always painful, but it will often affect a patient’s whole view of himself, and, as such, it significantly affects the quality of life.
The good news? This is a treatable condition. (Read this Q&A with Dr. Michael J. Curran regarding Peyronie’s disease.)
Treatment options include:
- Physical therapy maneuvers
- Medical corrections
- Surgical options
Due to the nature of this condition, we understand this can be a sensitive topic to broach with your physician. Our board-certified urologists and top-rated specialists are ready to listen, answer your questions, and work with you on a treatment protocol that makes sense for you and your life.