Treatment of Peyronies Disease using Surgery
Risks and Advantages of Surgery
Peyronie’s disease which was named after a French surgeon who first explained the disease has been known to be present amongst nearly 6% of males and it has also been said to be one of the most common causes for penile deformities such as curvature, erectile dysfunction and shortening of the penis.
Treatment of peyronie’s disease has been under scrutiny for a long time and even though there have been different modes of treatment, doctors and other experts still look for the best solutions available.
Surgery is one of the proven treatment methods of Peyronie’s disease and surgery is used in order to correct the disease and deformities caused by it.
There are a number of surgical methods that can be used in order to treat a patient suffering from peyronies and each has it’s own risks and advantages. The following are the types of surgery available, along with the pros and cons.
Surgical Procedures for Peyronie’s Disease
The studies conducted by experts from all over the world on this disease have concluded in showing three different procedures of surgery which can be used for treating Peyronie’s disease successfully.
1. Cutting or Removal Surgery
This method removes the plaque by cutting it out and replacing it with a patch of skin or some other kind of substance prepared from animal organs. This procedure is useful to help treat penile dysfunction by correcting the bend in the penis to some degree and hence returning the penis to its original length. The risks involved in this procedure are erectile dysfunction and numbness in a person’s penis.
2. Plication Surgery
This method has a reduced chance of numbness in the penis and erectile dysfunction but it is incapable of restoring the length of the penis which has may have been lost. In this procedure, a portion of the tunica albuginea is removed from the side of the penis which is the opposite side to where the peyronies plaque has formed and this results in correction of the curvature by cancelling out the effect of the plaque.
The Nesbit Procedure
The nesbit procedure is sometimes known as nesbit plication surgery. The procedure involves shortening the side of the penis that does not have a peyronies plaque build up. The operation start by inducing a penis erection, once this is achieved the penis is straightened out, after straightening the penile tissue is removed or pinched tight from the outside curved area of the penis, this procedure usually results in a shortened penis because of the removal of penile tissue.
3. Implant Surgery
This method sometimes needs to be combined with the two methods mentioned above, but it is also capable of correcting the disorder by itself. In this procedure, a device is implanted into the penis which increases it’s rigidity and helps to straighten the penis.
Studies have shown that even though surgical methods are capable of producing positive results on a number of occasions, the possible complications resulting from surgery make them the less preferred treatment methods for peyronies.
In addition, since the surgical methods often can not solve the deformities caused by peyronies, doctors and physicians normally use this method as a last resort, normally in cases where the penile curvature is very significant.
The cost of peyronies surgical procedures are high. This includes not only the cost of the surgery itself but also the pre and post surgery expenses. Adding to that are complications such as the pain and recovery time of an operation. Some other side effects of this surgery are the permanent shortening of the penis, penile bleeding and infections.
According to the many studies conducted, the least risky method known method of treating peyronies is by using penile traction devices supplemented with vitamin e, this method has been preferred by doctors the world over. This natural method has no side effects apart from the positive one that it can add a few inches to your penile length.