Peyronie’s disease, which results from a buildup of scar tissue in the penis, causes painful, curved erections. When left untreated, it can cause sexual dysfunction and significant changes to the appearance of the penis. The team at LaSara Medical Group, with offices in the Sawtelle neighborhood of Los Angeles as well as Tustin, California, is experienced in diagnosing and treating Peyronie’s disease. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking tool.
Peyronie’s disease is a buildup of scar tissue, also known as plaque, in the penis. It causes curved, painful erections.
A curved erection isn’t necessarily a sign of Peyronie’s disease. If you’ve had a curved erection for a long time, there’s a good chance that’s simply the natural shape of your penis. However, if you’ve noticed any troubling changes to the appearance of your penis, or are experiencing pain, with or without an erection, schedule an appointment at LaSara Medical Group right away.
In addition to bent or curved erections, Peyronie’s disease may cause your penis to shorten or narrow. You may also notice hard lumps on at least one side of your penis.
Peyronie’s disease is a common cause of erectile dysfunction. You may be unable to achieve or maintain an erection. Additionally, if the curve is severe enough, you may find it difficult or impossible to have sex.
The symptoms of Peyronie’s disease can be mild, moderate, or severe. Depending on your situation, you may develop it suddenly or gradually. Often, the pain decreases over time, but the condition may still cause a permanent curve even after other symptoms improve.
The exact cause of Peyronie’s disease is unknown. In some cases, men develop it following an injury to the penis, which results in the development of scar tissue.
Often, people with Peyronie’s disease can’t trace it a specific incident. You may develop it gradually. This might be the result of repeated forceful activity over time, which causes many tiny injuries and eventually causes scar tissue to develop.
Peyronie’s disease may be hereditary. It’s more common among people with a family history. Certain conditions, including autoimmune and connective tissue disorders, are also connected to Peyronie’s disease.
Some mild cases of Peyronie’s disease go away on their own without causing any lasting changes. Still, it’s best to have the team at LaSara Medical Group evaluate your condition and inform you of your treatment options.
If you have a mild, early case of Peyronie’s disease, your doctor may recommend a wait-and-see approach. That means you and your doctor closely monitor your condition and may begin a course of treatment if it gets worse.
Your doctor may recommend oral or injectable medication as a first-line treatment. Medication can break down the scar tissue that causes the curve in your penis.
If you have a severe curvature, cannot have sex or are in severe pain, your doctor may recommend surgery to straighten your penis. Usually, your doctor only considers surgery if you’ve had the condition for at least a year and if the curvature has stabilized.
To schedule an appointment at LaSara Medical Group, call the office or use the online booking tool today.