Penile curvature correction is a medical procedure to straighten a curved penis. It is typically performed to treat Peyronie’s disease, a condition that causes scar tissue to form in the penis, leading to curvature and pain. Penile curvature correction can also be performed to treat congenital penile curvature, a condition that is present from birth.
There are two main types of penile curvature correction: non-surgical and surgical. Non-surgical treatments include:
- Injection therapy: Medications are injected directly into the penis to help break down scar tissue and reduce curvature.
- Traction therapy: A device is used to gently stretch the penis over time, which can help straighten the penis and reduce curvature.
Surgical treatments include:
- Plication: The surgeon removes or pinches a piece of the tunica albuginea, the tough outer covering of the penis, from the side of the penis opposite the curvature. This helps to straighten the penis.
- Grafting: The surgeon removes the scar tissue from the penis and replaces it with a graft of healthy tissue from another part of the body.
- Penile implant: A penile implant is a device that is inserted into the penis to create an erection. Penile implants may be considered for men who have both Peyronie’s disease and erectile dysfunction.
The best treatment option for penile curvature correction will depend on the individual patient’s condition and symptoms.
Penile curvature correction is a medical procedure aimed at correcting an abnormal curvature of the penis. This condition is known as Peyronie’s disease and can lead to pain during erection and difficulty in engaging in sexual intercourse. Peyronie’s disease is characterized by the development of fibrous scar tissue (plaque) in the penis, which can cause the penis to curve or bend abnormally when erect.
The goals of penile curvature correction are to:
- Reduce Pain: Many individuals with Peyronie’s disease experience pain or discomfort during erection due to the curvature of the penis.
- Improve Sexual Function: Correcting the curvature can help improve the ability to engage in sexual intercourse.
- Enhance Penile Appearance: In some cases, the curvature of the penis may be aesthetically undesirable, and correction can improve the appearance.
There are several surgical and non-surgical methods for penile curvature correction, including:
- Medications: Some medications, such as collagenase (Xiaflex), can be injected directly into the plaque to break down the scar tissue. This can gradually reduce the curvature.
- Penile Traction Devices: These devices are worn on the penis and exert gentle, continuous traction to help straighten the penis over time.
- Penile Implants: In severe cases or when other treatments are ineffective, surgical intervention may be necessary. Penile implants can be used to straighten the penis and enable satisfactory sexual intercourse.
- Penile Plication Surgery: This surgical procedure involves suturing or plicating the side of the penis opposite to the plaque, essentially shortening the longer side to straighten the penis.
- Grafting Surgery: In some cases, grafting procedures may be used to replace the scar tissue with healthy tissue, allowing the penis to straighten.