Peyronie's Disease & Depression
Some men suffer depression because of a severe medical condition and others because of a life changing experience. For many men the development of pain and the shock of increase curvature in their penis is extremely distressing. This compounded with symptoms of erectile dysfunction and the struggle to have satisfactory sexual intercourses, leads to diminished confidence leading to depression. In one study 48% of men with Peyronie’s disease were diagnosed with depression, with 21% being at the severe end of the spectrum.
From our clinical experience, Peyronie’s disease depression can be avoided by many men, if they sought help early on and all available treatment options fully explored.
In the vast majority of cases, men suffer in silence as the bend of their penis increases. Some men avoid having sex or talking with their partners, leading to psychosexual and relationship breakdown. It is not rare for a patient to show emotional distress, when they first visit our clinic, or express eternal gratitude after successful treatment. In some instances, it is necessary for us to combine shockwave therapy with a psychosexual councillor.
Men who seek treatment have often faced an uphill battle. At a GP level they may be prescribed topical treatment for pains and eventually referred to a urologist. This often occurs over a lengthy time period during which depression and fear has the chance to set in.
Avoiding Surgery for Peyronie’s Disease
In many cases, invasive and life-changing surgery is recommended by the NHS or private Urology clinics. This can be in the form of penile plication which shortens the penis up to 2 inches. Alternatively, penile implants are surgically fitted, which mean an erection cannot be achieved naturally. The penis has to be pumped up via a silicon reservoir. Or finally, a riskier grafting operation, where the fibrous plaque is removed and replaced by new tissue. This procedure has a risk of causing partial erectile dysfunction. You can find out more about the surgery options on our Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Options page.
To many men, having their manhood operated on, in such a way, is an anathema to their very being, exacerbating the feelings of depression further.
Shockwave Therapy for Peyronie’s Disease
In over 90% of cases we have treated, we have straightened the penis through focused shockwave therapy thus avoiding the need for painful invasive surgery.
The shockwave technology, which was originally invented to break up kidney and gall stones without the need for operations, breaks up the fibrous plaque that causes the penis to bend. This enables the penis to straighten while the fibrous plaque is dissipated and reabsorbed and recycled by the body.
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