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Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment in Riverside, CA

Peyronie’s disease may negatively affect your quality of life and sexual intimacy. Expert urologist Howard Aubert, MD, and his team in Riverside, California specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Peyronie’s disease. He offers innovative treatments to alleviate your symptoms and improve sexual health for men near Corona, Moreno Valley, San Bernardino, Ontario and Upland. For an evaluation, call the office or request an appointment online today.

What is Peyronie’s Disease?

Peyronie’s disease occurs when scar tissue develops under the skin in your penis from injury or trauma. The scar tissue may cause a bend or indentation in your penis during an erection, which can cause pain in addition to becoming indented during erections.

The change in the structure and function of your penis from Peyronie’s disease may affect your physical and emotional well-being. Dr. Howard Aubert believes an early diagnosis and treatment plan produces the best outcomes.

What are the Symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease?

The symptoms of Peyronie’s disease may look like other conditions or problems with the penis but the most common symptoms of Peyronie disease include:

  • Changes in the way an erection looks due to Plaque on the top, bottom or underside of the shaft which causes the penis to bend in the direction where plaque exists when erect. Plaque on the top is the most common condition. Plaque on both the top and bottom, or that wraps around the penis, can cause indentation, deformity and/or shortening of the penis.
  • Painful erections
  • Trouble with sexual penetration
  • Erectile dysfunction

Pain, emotional distress, and bending can greatly affect the sex life of men throughout the Inland Empire.

What Causes Peyronie’s Disease?

The exact causes of Peyronie’s disease aren’t fully understood, but it’s commonly thought that it may result from any of the following:

  • A sudden injury to the penis
  • Repeated injury to the penis
  • Autoimmune disorder effects

Some physicians believe that hitting or bending the penis could damage the tissues inside, causing the accumulation of plaque. This plaque causes the tissues of your penis to be less flexible and elastic, making it curve during an erection. The plaque deposit may even harden due to calcification, which occurs when calcium builds up in damaged body tissue.

Forceful activities , sexual or not, that cause tiny injuries to your penis may increase your risk of getting Peyronie’s disease. These risks are compounded with age, as your penis becomes less elastic and more prone to injury over the years. Men in the Inland Empire with autoimmune diseases or those with a family history of Peyronie’s disease may also be at higher risk.

How is Peyronie’s Disease Diagnosed?

Dr. Aubert diagnoses Peyronie’s disease during a physical exam. He can diagnose the condition whether or not you have an erection.

If scar tissue is found during a physical exam, Dr. Aubert may give you an injection to create an erection to assess the curvature. He may also perform an ultrasound or X-ray to find out where the scar tissue is exactly located.

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment

While milder cases of Peyronie’s disease might go away on their own, it’s usually best to contact Dr. Aubert about treatment options. Depending on the severity of your condition, this can include both nonsurgical and surgical options.

Surgical procedures for Peyronie’s disease may include procedures to remove plaque or straighten the penis. It’s possible to experience complications after surgery, however, so it’s best to talk to Howard Aubert, MD about any potential risks.

The only nonsurgical treatment for Peyronie’s disease approved by the FDA is collagenase. This option is commonly known by the brand name XiaflexⓇ. Injected directly into the affected area, Xiaflex works to break down the plaque deposit that causes the curve in your penis.

If you live near near Corona, Moreno Valley, San Bernardino, Ontario and Upland and believe that you suffer from Peyronie’s disease, call Dr. Howard Aubert, MD or request an appointment today.