Stages of Peyronie's Disease
Peyronie’s disease gradually develops over a 12 to 18-month period in two specific phases.
Stage One – The Acute Phase
In the acute stage plaque starts forming within the penis and increases in size and develops in shape. During this stage the plaque will be softer and pliable. In the early months of the acute phase symptoms may not be noticed but will nonetheless develop.
Patients will experience some pain or discomfort, a bending of the penis and often a hardening or lump in one area. Most conventional treatments are not recommended at this stage, so if you are going through this you may have to grit your teeth and wait until the problem gets worse. However, Focused Shockwave Therapy with its ability to break down plaque, is an excellent solution to prevent the condition getting more severe. It should also overcome the onset of erectile dysfunction or the inability to have intercourse, because of a too severe deformity.
Stage Two – The Chronic Phase
During the Chronic stage the plaque is fully formed and hardened, and pain has normally disappeared. The blood vessels around the afflicted area are clogged up with minute plaques and the penis will bend on erection. In most cases the patient will suffer partial erectile dysfunction, a loss of girth and length and a softening at the end of the penis.
Historically, the only treatment at this stage has been life changing surgery. This might be for Penile Plication a shortening of the penis of up to 2 inches to straighten it, or the insertion of penile implants.
Penile implants rely on a manual pump to achieve an erection and many patients report a reduction on length as various prothesis are used.
We are able to avoid surgery for the vast majority of men.
Our Mansmatters clinic has now treated 1000’s of men across the world with Focused Shockwave Therapy.
This therapy uses technology originally created to break up kidney stones without the need for invasive surgery.
Shockwave therapy is non-invasive, and it breaks up the plaque within the penis. This is then secreted from of the body naturally. The treatment not only straightens the penis, but also increases blood flow within it and enhanced nerve sensitivity, leading to greater sexual function and rejuvenated sexual satisfaction.
We have treated men who have not had sex for many years, that are now able to have a happy and fulfilled sex life and are free of Peroneie’s disease.