Peyronie’s Disease – What Treatments to Avoid
In this video, Jada Pascual, RN at Novus Anti-Aging Center in Los Angeles, and Center Director David Dumbroski discuss Peyronie’s disease and what treatments to avoid.
Peyronie’s disease is a condition where the penis is curved and experiences pain due to the presence of fibrous scar tissue. This condition is typically the result of repeated penile trauma due to physical or sexual injury.
At Novus Anti-Aging Center, the treatment of choice for Peyronie’s disease is acoustic wave therapy, also called shockwave therapy. This non-invasive treatment safely and effectively breaks down scar tissue with no negative side effects.
While it is not yet FDA approved, acoustic wave therapy has yielded positive results for hundreds of our patients. It is also backed by published clinical research:
- Is Low Intensity Shock Wave a Favorable Modality in The Treatment of Peyronie’s Disease?
- Shockwave therapy as first-line treatment for Peyronie’s disease: a prospective study
Treatments to Avoid
Though acoustic wave therapy has proven effective time and time again, many people choose other treatments for Peyronie’s disease. This often proves to be a mistake, since these other treatments can result in irreversible side effects. Though clinical studies based on these therapies have been published, the side effects are frequently left out.
If a provider performs any of these as their main Peyronie’s treatment modality and has recommended it to you, we strongly advise getting a second opinion.
This FDA-approved minimally invasive injection treatment for Peyronie’s is used to reduce penile curvature. The injections deliver Xiaflex (the brand-name version of an enzyme called collagenase clostridium histolyticum) into the scar tissue, gradually weakening it and breaking it down.
Patients often come into Novus Anti-Aging Center after doctors have injected Xiaflex into the wrong parts of their penis. Many times, patients say that Xiaflex injections have resulted in a loss of inches off of their penis. The best way to avoid this very unfortunate side effect is by avoiding this treatment entirely.
Surgery is sometimes performed to remove the penile scar tissue that comes along with Peyronie’s disease. This is the most invasive option possible, and because of this, it should not be considered unless all non-invasive treatment options have already been attempted.
During this process, anesthesia is administered, and then a small incision is made. The skin of the penis is lifted to allow access to the penile scar tissue, which is taken out. In cases where a large amount of scar tissue has been removed, a tissue graft must be inserted. Finally, the skin is redraped, and then the incision is closed.
It is important to remember that surgical incisions and tissue removal both cause the body to form new scar tissue. Because of this, penile surgery can be counterproductive. Additionally, it is a very high-risk option, especially in contrast to non-invasive solutions.
Penis extenders, also called penile traction devices or penile stretchers, are another suggested fix for the curvature caused by Peyronie’s.
Unfortunately, when it comes to addressing scar tissue – the actual root cause of Peyronie’s – these mechanical penis traction devices are simply ineffective. Because of this, they do not offer any sort of long-term correction.
Contact Novus Anti-Aging Center
If you have any questions regarding Peyronie’s disease and what treatments to avoid, contact Novus Anti-Aging Center in Los Angeles. We will be happy to answer and to help you find the right treatment for you, so schedule your consultation today.