I am 50 years old and recently diagnosed with Peyronie’s. I’ve been to 2 urologists, tried Potaba (stopped; too many side effects) and using verapamil gel at night. Surgery was also recommended. I’ve done some research and have seen the Extender. Does this work? I’m getting mixed reviews. I have a 30-40% downward curve.

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Dr. Mulhall answers: You didn’t mention how long you have had PD, which is an important factor in your prognosis. Potaba is in my opinion (based on currently available medical evidence) worthless. It is an expensive and poorly tolerated placebo. Even less effective is verapamil gel. There is good data that the verapamil never penetrates through the skin into the plaque. Surgery is reserved for men who have had PD for at least 12 months and have been stable for at least 3 months. [For further advice on the traction device see answers to questions in the treatment section.]

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