Urology Peyronies Disease

Peyronie’s Disease

Your Partner in Peyronie’s Disease Care

If you have (or think you have) Peyronie’s disease, you’re not alone. This condition, which causes the penis to shorten or bend, may affect up to 15% of men over 40.

Although Peyronie’s disease can cause painful or embarrassing symptoms, you don’t have to live with them. Urologists from Emory Healthcare offer treatments to correct your penis size or shape and, in severe cases, restore sexual function.

About Peyronie's Disease

With Peyronie’s disease, scar tissue (also called plaque) builds up inside your penis. As this scar tissue tightens, your penis may begin to bend or curve. You may also lose some length or girth.

It’s unclear why some men get Peyronie’s disease. But it may be the result of minor injuries to your erect penis—for example, if your penis bends abruptly during sex.

Even though you may not see any visible signs of injury, some research suggests tiny wounds develop within the penis. Some men’s bodies may overreact to these wounds and create too much scar tissue during the healing process.

Peyronie’s Disease Symptoms

The most common sign of Peyronie’s disease is a new curve or bend in your penis. Other symptoms include:

  • A bumpy or lumpy feeling underneath the skin of your penis
  • Loss of girth (your shaft may develop an hourglass shape)
  • Loss of penis length
  • Painful erections
  • Painful sex (for you and/or your partner)
  • Softer erections

Over time, Peyronie’s disease can lead to erectile dysfunction (difficulty getting and keeping an erection). Depending on the severity of the bend in your penis, penetration (and sex) may also become impossible.

Peyronie's Disease Treatments

  • Medications
  • Traction/Vacuum Therapy
  • Reconstructive Surgery (plication or grafting)
  • Penile Implant (implantable penile prosthesis)

Why Choose Emory Healthcare for Peyronie’s Disease Treatment 

Whether you’re concerned about your symptoms or want a second opinion about your treatment options, turn to Emory Healthcare.

We offer:

  • One-on-one guidance and support. Our urologists will take the time to understand how your symptoms affect your daily life. And they’ll thoroughly explain your treatment options, including the benefits and risks of each. Our goal is to help you make well-informed decisions about your care, so you feel confident about the road ahead.

  • Respectful, judgment-free care. You may feel reluctant to talk to a doctor about your Peyronie’s disease symptoms. But keep in mind, our urologists have intimate discussions with men every day. They understand it’s not easy to talk about your sexual health. They’re here to provide the treatments you need to continue enjoying sex with your partner.

  • Experienced surgeons. If you need surgery, you want a urologic surgeon with experience treating Peyronie’s disease. Studies show that surgeons who perform many procedures every year have better results. At Emory Healthcare, our surgeons can safely treat your condition while reducing your risk of complications (such as decreased sensitivity). We have fellowship-trained experts in men’s health who are high-volume treatment providers for Peyronie’s disease.

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