Penile Curvature (Peyronie’s Disease)
Penile curvature (known as Peyronie’s disease) can occur at any age. The curvature is only seen during an erection and happens because a dense collagen plaque builds up around the erectile tissue.
While Peyronie’s disease is not a dangerous condition, it can cause disfigurement of the penis, pain during intercourse, and significant distress for men and their partners. The curvature can be so severe that penetration is painful or impossible.
Diagnostic workup may include:
- Comprehensive medical history including current and previous medications
- Detailed physical exam
- Penile ultrasound with Doppler technology to look for structural abnormalities, abnormal blood flow, scar tissue, or penile curvature.
- Medications injected directly into the plaque which facilitate dissolving the plaque
- Surgery to straighten the penis (plication)
- Surgery to insert a penile implant
When conservative Peyronie’s disease treatment strategies fail, a penile prosthetic implant is a successful method of achieving reliable and rigid erections and straightening curvature. Dr. Rubin has advanced training and special expertise in penile prosthetic surgery. She offers a variety of different implant options tailored to each patient’s specific needs. Unfortunately, research shows that oral medications once thought to treat this condition are not effective.