About Peyronie's Disease
Injuries or traumas to the penis can lead to the formation of fibrous scar tissue, which may lead to the development of Peyronie's disease. Characterized by a penis that is curved or bent when erect, Peyronie's disease can get worse over time leading to problematic symptoms. More commonly seen in middle-aged or older men, Peyronie’s disease can cause severe pain, embarrassment, stress, anxiety, decreased sexual satisfaction, and erectile dysfunction (ED). At The Colorado Center for Health and Longevity in Greenwood Village, board-certified physician Dr. Ian Levenson offers diagnosis and treatment options for Peyronie’s disease, which in turn might improve or eliminate problems with erectile dysfunction.
Scientists have not conclusively determined a single cause of Peyronie's disease. However, most doctors believe that it is caused by fibrous plaque that develops after trauma to the penis. Some of these injuries may be small enough that they go unnoticed, but as the plaque builds up over time, the erect penis becomes curved rather than straight. This is why Peyronie's disease is more common in men over the age of 55 years old, although it can occur in younger men. Other possible causes of Peyronie's disease are genetics and a connective tissue disorder, like Dupuytren's contracture.
The most obvious symptom of Peyronie's disease is a penis that is bent or arched when it is erect. The curve may become worse over time or cause pain. Other symptoms include problems achieving or holding an erection (erectile dysfunction) and the penis becoming shorter. Peyronie's disease often causes stress or anxiety in men over the appearance of their penis and decreased sexual satisfaction. You should be open with Dr. Levenson about all your symptoms and concerns during your consultation so he can properly diagnosis and treat your condition.
After diagnosis with a physical exam, Dr. Levenson can discuss your treatment options for Peyronie's disease. At The Colorado Center for Health and Longevity, Dr. Levenson offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and GAINSWave therapy as nonsurgical options to treat Peyronie's disease. PRP therapy for the penis, also known as the P-Shot, uses healing factors in your own blood to both reduce scar tissue and increase blood flow to the penis. GAINSWave uses high-frequency acoustic waves to remove micro-plaque, open existing blood vessels in the penis, and stimulate the growth of new blood vessels. One or both of the treatments may be part of the custom treatment plan Dr. Levenson develops to treat your erectile dysfunction (ED) and other symptoms of Peyronie's disease.
Restore Your Sexual Health
If you have symptoms of Peyronie's disease, including erectile dysfunction, it's important to seek a diagnosis and treatment so you don't have to deal with embarrassment or problems with your sex life. Dr. Levenson and his team at The Colorado Center for Health and Longevity may be able to help restore your overall sexual health and confidence with a custom treatment plan for ED caused by Peyronie's disease. For more information, contact our office in Greenwood Village to schedule your consultation.