Does a Penis Pump Help with Peyronie’s disease?
Peyronie’s disease (PD) is a inflammatory, noncancerous condition resulting from fibrous scar tissue that develops on the penis and causes painful, curved erections. Penises vary in size and shape, and having a curved erection isn’t necessarily a cause for concern, however, Peyronie’s disease causes a significant bend or pain in some men. Typical features of the condition include penile curvature, shortening, pain and a variable degree of erectile dysfunction.
The cause of Peyronie’s disease unknown, but a number of factors appear to be involved. It’s thought Peyronie’s disease generally results from repeated injury to the penis. For example, the penis might be damaged during athletic activity, sex, or as the result of an accident. Abnormal wound healing due to these issues in the presence of an underlying genetic predisposition would seem to be the most likely cause.
Ultrasound is the major type of imaging used to diagnose Peyronie’s disease. Your doctor uses ultrasound of your erect penis to look for any issues with blood flow that could point to other problems that can affect erectile function.
Peyronie’s disease rarely goes away on its own. In most men with Peyronie’s disease, the condition will remain as is or worsen. Early treatment soon after developing the condition may keep it from getting worse or even improve symptoms.
If left untreated, Peyronie’s disease can cause fibrotic, nonexpansile thickening of relatively discrete areas of the corpora tunica, typically resulting in focal bend, pain or other functional or structural abnormalities of the erect penis.
Surgery has been shown to be an effective treatment for Peyronie’s disease to correct the curvature of the penis. However, it is usually only recommended in severe cases for patients who fail to respond to non-surgical therapy and have curvature for longer than 12 months.
There are 3 basic ways to fix Peyronie’s disease with surgery:
- making the side of the penis opposite the plaque shorter.
- making the side of the penis that curves longer.
- placing a prosthetic device inside the penis if the man has both Peyronie’s disease and erectile dysfunction.
Clinical studies have shown that vacuum therapy using a penis pump is an effective non-surgicial method to treat Peyronies’ disease.
Effect of Modified Vacuum in Patients with Peyronie’s Disease and Erectile Dysfunction
A total of 43 patients with a mean age of 56.3 years (40-74) years participated in the study. There was a significant reduction in plaque size and curvature. The mean of plaque size and curvature was 1.39cm and 31.28 degrees respectively at the presentation which was reduced to 0.64 (0-3) cm and 11.6 degrees respectively at the end of the study. At the end of the study 30(69.7%) patients were satisfied with the outcome and wanted no further treatment. There was no major side effect observed in patients using the device.
We recommend the use of a modified vacuum device with the mentioned method for PD and ED with curvature less than 45 degrees and plaque size less than 2cm. It is safe to use in all stages of the disease and can help patients to attain erection with VCD.
The role of vacuum pump therapy to mechanically straighten the penis in Peyronie's disease
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