When you have Peyronie’s disease, nothing is more important than working with your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis and make treatment decisions that are right for you. There is currently no cure, and many myths and misconceptions exist about which treatments are effective in preventing progression or correcting penile deformities.
At the APDA, one of our main goals is to provide patients and their partners with valid information regarding treatment options. An interactive treatment comparison chart was created by the APDA Medical Advisory Board to help you make educated choices about treatment. The board also regularly updates information about clinical trials investigating potential new treatments.
Read the APDA Medical Advisory Board Position Statement on Treatment.
The treatment option you choose will depend on many factors, including your personal preference, the phase of your disease is in (active or stable), and your doctor.
- Nonsurgical treatments. Nonsurgical options may be recommended if your Peyronie’s disease is in the early, or active, phase. Various nonsurgical treatments have been tried — tablets (including vitamins and other medications), injections, shock-wave therapy, creams, and devices — with varying results. More information is needed to determine the long-term benefits of many nonsurgical treatments.
- Surgery. Surgery is recommended only for men whose Peyronie’s disease is in the stable phase and is usually reserved for those who have difficulties with intercourse or extensive [glossary]plaques[/glossary]. Surgery can be effective in correcting penile deformities, but unwanted effects — like penile shortening or narrowing, numbness, and erectile dysfunction — may occur.