Peyronie’s disease affects up to 23% of American men, although these figures are estimates as many men do not seek treatment for this uncomfortable condition. If your penis bends unnaturally causing you pain and disrupting your sex life, make an appointment at Cryo Body Doc Medical Aesthetics in Oakton, Virginia. Dr. Allingham offers innovative treatments for Peyronie’s disease including SHOCKWave® and can help restore your erection and your sex life. Call Cryo Body Doc Medical Aesthetics or schedule a consultation online today.
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What is Peyronie’s disease?
Peyronie’s disease is a condition where scar tissue grows inside your penis and causes your erection to curve unnaturally. Penises come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, so a slight curve is nothing to be concerned about. However, if that curve is painful or makes it difficult to have sex, you should talk to Dr. Allingham.
Early warning signs of Peyronie’s disease include:
- Hard lumps on your penis
- Pain when you get an erection or during sex
- A curve in your penis, with or without an erection
- Erectile dysfunction
- Penis becomes narrow
In most cases, the fibrous scar tissue develops on either the top or bottom of the penis. When you get an erection, that scar tissue doesn’t expand like the rest of your penis does. The patch of tight scar tissue reduces the elasticity of your flesh and pulls on the surrounding spongy tissue and skin, pulling your penis into an unnatural curve.
What causes Peyronie’s disease?
The exact cause of Peyronie’s disease isn’t fully understood. The condition is not contagious, and doctors and medical researchers believe it could be caused by acute or chronic injury to the penis or an autoimmune disease. For example, you may sustain an injury to your penis while playing sports or during sexual intercourse.
Risk factors for Peyronie’s disease include vigorous activities that cause microscopic injuries, a family history of Peyronie’s disease, getting older, and certain connective-tissue and autoimmune diseases.
How is Peyronie’s disease treated?
Dr. Allingham treats Peyronie’s disease with SHOCKWave, a noninvasive treatment that uses soundwaves to break down the scar tissue in your penis and improve your circulation.
SHOCKWave therapy uses high-frequency soundwaves to break down the scar tissue in your penis so your body can absorb and remove the fibrous tissue. The soundwaves also stimulate new capillary growth which improves blood flow, reducing other symptoms of erectile dysfunction, which are common when you have Peyronie’s disease.
In addition to SHOCKWave, Dr. Allingham also provides shockwave therapy, P-shot, and acoustic therapy to address Peyronie’s disease and erectile dysfunction. He offers a thorough consultation before recommending the treatment he believes will best treat your symptoms.
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