The problem with penis curvature: how can it be helped?

As a rule a generic penis is characterized by a very slight curve or sideways "hang" to it in erected condition, which is common for most of male population. But every rule has its exceptions. An extremely bent or curved penis (in erected state) can be found among approximately 400 men in every 100,000. This deformation of the manhood sometimes is so severe that prevents having satisfactory intercourse, making an attempt for love-making too painful for both partners or even completely impossible. There are several types to this irregularity of the penis shape: it may bend in a "J" or "U" shape, or because of a series of bends, may acquire a look that strongly reminds of that of a screw. In medical terms that is called Peyronie's Disease or, sometimes, fibrous caverositis, since in the layers of erectile tissue (cavernosa) there is a build-up of fibrous scar-like tissue.

The exact factors behind the emergence of Peyronie's are still being argued about among physicians. But all of them come to agreement regarding one point in particular, however, that the dysfunction is directly connected with inelastic plaque or scar tissue that replaces the healthy tissues in some parts of the penis, which are normally quite elastic. Because of due elasticity, the expansion of the penis that happens during erection is more or less symmetrical, producing a soundly standard straight erection. On the other hand, the abnormal scar tissue is not elastic enough, and during erection process, when other parts of the penis expand because of blood inflow, the dysfunctional tissue stretches with great difficulty, as a result giving excessive curvature or severe bending. As it happens, in some cases the scar tissue may extend all the way around the body of the penis. The outcome is a drastic shortening of the penis and pinching-in at the place of scar tissue concentration.

Among the most common circumstances that bring the frustrating dysfunction about may be injury, inflammation, or some kind of trauma to the erect penis, for instance, extremely forceful bending. The attempts to treat erectile dysfunction may also bring about the Peyronie's disease; especially if the suffering person tried to make injections of some popular medication for treatment of erectile dysfunction such as Caverject. As it is suspected by related specialists, some health problems, for instance, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries or diabetes, may initiate the onset of Peyronie's, or the illness can be connected with some other rare causes of genetic nature. But generally, the penis trauma that was not treated timely and in proper way is currently considered the most likely culprit.

As far as the treatment is concerned, it should be noted, in the first place, that every case of Peyronie's is different and needs individual approach and consideration. In many cases surgery would be a logical option, though the common practice among physicians is to recommend not hurrying and generally waiting at least a year or two before attempting a surgical correction. It must be said that many prospective patients consider surgery a last-resort, a rather drastic choice and tend to try other treatments first during one or two years of waiting time. If in doubt about the reasons behinds this decision, just type "penile curvature surgery" in the search-window of your browser and witness some real-life photos. Please, be warned that some of these graphic photos are not for those weak-nerved.

Within a year or two in about 20% of Peyronie's dysfunction cases a spontaneous improvement takes place, even without treatment, and sometimes the scar tissue goes away without a trace. Meanwhile about 40% of men usually do not experience any change of their conditions within the mentioned period of time. The conditions of another 40% may become even worse. For instance, the Nesbit procedure that is one of the two most popular correction surgeries performed, in a lot of cases ends with a penis shortened by 1 to 2 inches. Another popular method of placing a grafted tissue instead of irregular scar tissue may lead a patient to partial or complete loss of erectile function. So, considering the extreme nature of the surgical treatments, some alternative ways to cure the curvature problem are strongly recommended during the "waiting period". They are more preferable than doing nothing.

Most efficient and well-documented methods of successful self-treatments for the curvature problem are offered at the market in the form of traction devices. Combination of those devices with course of Vitamin E therapy is also strongly recommended. One of the most successful and well-reputable corrective devices is the ProExtender. The principle of its workings is applying very gentle and measured traction force to the penis. The traction force is to act in two ways: countering the hardening of the irregular scar-like tissue and building the correct penis's straight-arrow shape. The device is very convenient in application; one can wear it complete unnoticeably under clothing, even at work if you do not do anything connected with heavy physical exertion. The application course should include several months and be consistent. A Swedish doctor, Jorn Ege Siana, invented and developed this useful gadget. Now it is successfully used in USA and European clinics and hospitals to provide proper healing for the post-penis-surgery patients. It is recommended by physicians as an alternative to corrective surgery in cases of curvature problem as well.

As an alternative to corrective surgery, the traction-device treatment has its obvious advantages: no possibility of adverse side effects, no risks of invasive surgery trauma, comparatively low cost, and the beneficial possibility to do all treatment at home without necessity to go to hospital. The treatment is combined with administration of Vitamin E; its efficiency in treatment of penile curvature was thoroughly studied in the 1940s and 1950s. Potaba (known as well as potassium amonobenzoate) is another natural supplement that is often administered by patients suffering from Peyronie's case. It has proven to give certain positive effects. But this method happens to be rather costly, since it provides for taking 24 pills a day for during the period of up to 6 months. Besides Potaba, some other oral medications and supplements are offered for Peyronie's disease. But they all are available by prescription of an experienced physician whom it is strongly recommended to visit and ask for professional advice. The same advice goes without saying for administration of any of above-described treatments.

Blog Author: Kim