The ways to help with the penis curvature problem

Usually an erected penis is not totally straight but is characterized by a very slight curve or sideways "hang" to it. Such is the case with the vast majority of male population. On the other hand, the small minority of men, about 0.4% or about 400 men in every 100,000 are unlucky enough to acquire a misshapen (in the erected state) penis. The bend or a curve of such a penis is too severe; in some cases it is so extreme that love-making intercourse becomes painful for both partners or even impossible. Such a disfigured erect penis obtains a curious shape that reminds of letters "J" or "U", in some cases it can have a number of bends and the appearance is that of a corkscrew. This irregularity is caused by fibrous scar tissues building up in the layers of erectile tissue (cavernosa). Among the medical community it is well-known as Peyronie's Disease, or, sometimes, is referred to as fibrous caverositis.

A lot of medical professionals that specialize in the field of reproductive system dysfunctions still have not came to the common agreement as far as the exact cause of Peyronie's is concerned. But there is no doubt that the irregularity is directly connected with transformation of some parts of penis tissue. The normally elastic tissue somehow becomes replaced by plaque or scar tissue, which is not elastic enough to extend sufficiently during the erection. Normally, an erection expands the elastic tissue of the penis more or less symmetrically, producing a straight erection. The irregular scar-like tissue is very hard to stretch. When other parts of the penis, not affected by pathologic transformation, expand in a standard, healthy way, the scar tissue stays put resulting in misshapen curvature or extreme bending. In cases when it embraces the body of the penis all the way around it, it creates an effect of a "bottleneck" or may lead to a shortening of the penis in a rather drastic way.

There are several commonly recognized causes that lead to the unfortunate circumstances of suffering Peyronie's: injury, inflammation, or trauma of some sort caused to the erect penis, for instance when it is extremely and forcefully bent. In their quest to get rid of the frustrating erectile dysfunction, many males give a try to injections of some popular medications such as Caverject - and those injections may also become a cause for development of Peyronie's dysfunction. According to physicians, some problems with health, including high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries or diabetes, which may be linked to other rare genetic causes, also are suspected to bring about the Peyronie's problem. At present time a severe penis trauma followed by slow or incorrect treatment is considered the most likely culprit.

When speaking about treatment of Peyronie's condition it is of paramount importance to realize that every case of the dysfunction is different and calls for individual approach. Very often some men consider the corrective surgery to be the only logical option. Nevertheless it is common practice among physicians to generally recommend candidates for the surgery to be patient and considered, just wait at least a year or two before actually attempting any corrective surgery. In many cases during that waiting period patients decide to try some other method of treatment. They come to think the surgery to be a too drastic choice, something like a last-resort. You will not doubt their decisions after doing some online search for photos with the keywords "penile curvature surgery". Be warned at once that those sights are not for persons with weak nerves or stomachs.

The advice to wait for a year or two that most physicians tend to give to their prospective surgery patients has some good grounds, since in about 20% of cases the conditions improve spontaneously without any special treatment, and sometimes scar tissue may even disappear without a trace. On the other hand, about 40% of patients do not see any positive changes within one-two years, and about 40% may even experience worsening of their conditions. A very popular corrective surgery called the Nesbit procedure often leaves a penis shorter by 1 to 2 inches. Another widely-spread method, the grafting of healthy tissues to replace the irregular scar tissue in many cases results in erectile dysfunction, either complete or partial. That is why it is certainly worthwhile to devote the "waiting period" for researching and, probably, trying some alternative treatments. Taking into attention the extreme nature of the surgical method, this would be much more preferable than just wasting time doing nothing at all.

By now the medical technology has developed a quite reliable, successful and well-documented method of self-treatment for the curvature problem. It is a special traction device. To increase its efficiency the experts recommend combining its application with a course of Vitamin E therapy. One of the most successful corrective traction devices is the popular and well-trusted ProExtender. This kind of gadgets gently applies consistent, exactly measured force of traction to the penis. This traction counteracts the hardening of scar tissue on the one hand, at the same time it helps to restore the normal straight-arrow shape of the penis. The device that was invented and developed by Jorn Ege Siana, a Swedish doctor, should be applied consistently for a period of several months, but it is not a problem for the patient since the gadget is convenient and can be worn discreetly under clothing without being noticed by people around. It is even possible to wear it at work if high physical exertion is not required. Now the ProExtender is successfully used in clinics and hospitals of USA and Europe for treatment of post-penis-surgery patients. And specialists also offer it as an efficient alternative to curvature correction surgery.

The method of traction-device treatment for Peyronie's disease has several considerable advantages over invasive risks of corrective surgery: no possibility of trauma or adverse side effects, the cost of treatment is low if compared to surgery, and the convenience to undergo treatment in at-home conditions without going to clinic. Many specialists advise to add administration of Vitamin E; its positive effects against penile curvature were studied and proved throughout the 1940s and 1950s. Another popular natural supplement that is widely used against Peyronie's dysfunction is Potaba, or potassium amonobenzoate. It has proved its beneficial influence but it should be noted that the costs of the treatment course are rather high since administration of 24 pills a day is required for as long as 6 months. Some other oral medications for Peyronie's disease are available strictly on prescription, which requires visiting your physician for consultation. The same applies for administration of any of above mentioned methods.

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