Peyronie’s Disease Treatments – Surgery
Surgery is a recommended option to explore if the ‘curved penis’ condition is making life a hassle; it’s generally reserved for serious, long-term cases, for instance if the deformity of the penis is severe or prevents the individual from having sex. There are three kinds of surgical treatments for Peyronie’s disease.
- Shortening the unaffected side
- Lengthening the affected side
- Penile implants
When we talk about, shortening the unaffected side, it means to shorten the longer side of the penis, the side without scar tissue, to match the constricted side in order to cancel the bend. It’s generally used in men who have adequate penis length and a less severe curvature of the penis. This procedure is ineffective for narrowing or hourglass deformity
Lengthening the affected side. With this type of surgery, the surgeon makes several cuts in the scar tissue, allowing the sheath to stretch out and the penis to straighten. A piece of tissue (graft) is sewn into place to cover the holes in the tunica albuginea. A graft may be tissue from your own body, human or animal tissue, or a synthetic material. This procedure is generally used if a man has a shorter penis, severe curvature or a complicated deformity.
Penile or prosthesis implant. All natural erectile tissue is removed from the penis and one of several types of prosthesis is implanted. The most advanced of these are hydraulic manual pump with the fluid reservoir implanted in the lower abdomen and the miniature pumps in the scrotum. With a hydraulic implant the penis increases in girth when pumped to an erect state but not in length.
The type of surgery used will depend on your condition. Your doctor will consider the location of scar tissue, the severity of your symptoms and other factors.
Most types of surgery produce positive results. But because complications can occur, and because many of the effects of Peyronie’s disease, are not usually corrected by surgery, most doctors prefer to perform surgery only on the small number of men with curvature severe enough to prevent sexual intercourse.
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