Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Peyronie’s Disease is a common condition which affects around 10% of men. While it is generally more common for those who are over the age of 50, it can occur at an early age as well. It is more likely to occur in those with high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels or diabetes.
Symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease include having a thickened hard lump, otherwise known as plaque, on the tunica of the penis. Currently, there is no known cause for Peyronie’s Disease, however, it is thought to occur as a result of an injury. It is also thought to be genetic.
Not all men will experience physical pain as a result of Peyronie’s Disease. For those that do, the pain may get better over time. As a result, surgery isn’t always considered necessary.
However, some will need to seek treatment for the pain, particularly for those who have had the condition for a few years.
You will be a suitable candidate if you have been diagnosed with Peyronie’s Disease which you are wanting to treat.
You will need to be at least 18 years old to undergo treatment.
Prior to undergoing surgery, you will meet with one of the surgeons, who will be able to assess whether or not you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. If you have only recently been diagnosed with the condition, the surgeon may recommend waiting before undergoing surgery.
There are numerous options for surgery. Common options for surgery include:
Surgical procedures will be performed under a general anaesthetic known as ClearSleep™. This means you will not be awake during the procedure.
Peyronie’s Disease surgery is performed as a day surgery. You will be able to return home once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
Surgical procedures will take around one hour to complete.
After surgery, you will generally need a few days off work to fully recover.
It is normal to experience some redness and swelling following the procedure, which will go away after a few days. You can use pain medication if necessary.
You will need to wait between four to eight weeks before undertaking any sexual activity.
It is rare for Peyronie’s Disease to recur after treatment.
The telltale sign of Peyronie’s Disease is the tender nodule which will form on the tunica of the penis. This can result in deformities and painful erections.
The nodule may eventually become non-tender, which will reduce any pain felt. However, you will still experience deformity and penile shortening during an erection.
It may be recommended that you undergo non-surgical treatments such as steroid injections prior to undergoing a surgical procedure.
Peyronie’s Disease can sometimes go away on its own, so you may wish to wait before deciding to undergo surgery.
There are numerous surgical options available to treat Peyronie’s Disease. These include:
You should avoid any sexual activities for at least four to eight weeks following surgery.