Peyronie’s disease is individual in each case and because some patients experience improvement without treatment, medical professionals suggest waiting 1 to 2 years or longer before attempting to correct it surgically. During this waiting period varied treatments are available, such as medications, and devises aimed at improving the curvature of the penis, although their effectiveness is less then conclusive.
During his study placement in the Urology Department at Hallemshire Hospital in Sheffield, England, Dave Wells gained first-hand experience and knowledge, working with men who had the Peyronies Disease (curvature of the penis). Hallemshire Hospital was one of the leading health facilities that supported men in England who lived with Peyronies disease, and due to surgery for the condition being very invasive, alternative methods were encouraged. These alternative methods included a combination of the use of penile pumps a number of times per day, and erectile dysfunction medication. For most men with Peyronies, Viagra and similar medications were much less effective, and Caverject penile injections the only option. The thought of injecting into a man’s penis horrifies most men, however the injection is small and painless. Men were trained in its usage, and most adapted to it and found the process easy.
Peyronie’s Disease has been treated with some success by surgery. The two most common surgical methods are the removal or expansion of the plaque followed by placement of a patch of skin or other artificial material, and removal or pinching of tissue from the side of the penis opposite the plaque, which cancels out the bending effect. The first method none as the ‘Lue procedure’ can involve partial erectile dysfunction problems (not getting hard).
The second method is known as the ‘Nesbit procedure’, which can cause a shortening of the penis. Most methods of surgery produce positive results, however, complications can occur.