Peyronie’s disease is caused by scar tissue that forms inside your penis and causes it to curve upward or to the side.
Although most men with Peyronie’s disease can have sex, the condition can sometimes cause erectile dysfunction or difficulty, pain or embarrassment during sexual arousal or intercourse.
Diagnosing Peyronie’s Disease
Your urologist will conduct an exam to assess the scar tissue and curvature of your penis. Be sure to tell your doctor about any injury or trauma to your penis that occurred before you started to experience symptoms.
Your urologist will recommend a personalized treatment plan for you. Mild cases of Peyronie’s disease usually do not require treatment. Some cases may improve on their own. If treatment is recommended, we offer effective surgical and nonsurgical options.
Treatment Options for Peyronie's Disease
If your condition is moderate, causes some discomfort or affects your sex life, your doctor may recommend nonsurgical treatment.
- Xiaflex® injections: Xiaflex is the only medication approved by the FDA to treat Peyronie’s disease. The medication is injected into the scar tissue in your penis. Our urologists have special training to administer Xiaflex, which is given in a series of injections in combination with brief exercises to gently stretch and straighten your penis.
- Vitamin E supplements: Taking a daily vitamin E supplement may reduce swelling and prevent the buildup of scar tissue in the penis. Vitamin E therapy is convenient and inexpensive, but it may be less effective than other nonsurgical treatments.
- Verapmil injections: Verapamil is a medication for high blood pressure that is also used to treat scar tissue buildup. The medication is injected into the scar tissue in your penis over a series of visits to straighten the curvature and reduce pain.
If your condition is severe, causes significant discomfort or affects your sex life, your doctor may recommend surgical treatment.
- Penile plication: Plication involves using stitches to shorten the long side of the penis. Although this procedure can straighten the penis, it may result in overall size reduction of an inch or more.
- Inflatable penile prosthesis: An inflatable plastic cylinder is implanted in your penis to help you achieve and maintain a straight erection.
Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health for Urology Care
Hackensack University Medical Center has been ranked the #1 Urology Department in New Jersey for nine years in a row by U.S. News & World Report and is the only urology department in New Jersey that is nationally ranked.
Our urologists are specially trained to administer Xiaflex®, the only FDA-approved medication to treat Peyronie’s disease.
We specialize in a range of urologic disciplines including urologic oncology, infertility, stone disease, sexual dysfunction, female urology and pediatric urology.
Our award-winning team of renowned surgeons, physicians, researchers and other health care specialists are able to provide exceptional urological expertise, advancements and cutting-edge technology to develop a highly-personalized plan for each and every one of our patients.