According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, there is a correlation between men who undergo radical prostatectomy and developing Peyronie’s disease. This condition is when scar tissue in the penis causes the organ to take on an abnormal shape that impedes sexual activity. Because a radical prostatectomy removes the prostate glands, trauma may be inflicted on the surrounding area and cause scarring.
Johns Hopkins reported that in one of their studies, out of 64 men who underwent this operation, three of them exhibited the onset symptoms of Peyronie’s disease. Although this number may seem low, this ratio is higher than the rate of the illness in the general population.
Prostate surgery is one potential cause of Peyronie’s disease, but it’s not the only possible cause.
Risk Factors for Peyronie’s Disease
According to the Mayo Clinic, risk factors of Peyronie’s disease include:
- Injury to the penis
- Aging, which can decrease the rigidity of the organ and increase the risk of injury
- A genetic predisposition
- Certain health conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure
Whether prostate surgery caused Peyronie’s disease or there was some other factor at play, the condition can only be diagnosed by a medical professional. The earlier the condition is discovered, the more likely it will effectively respond to treatment. The Mayo Clinic also makes it clear that while these factors can contribute to the development of this condition, the cause of the disease isn’t completely understood.
There is no cure for Peyronie’s disease. While there are many treatment options on today’s market, each one only seeks to relieve its symptoms, not cure the illness itself.
Psychological Consequences of Living With Peyronie’s Disease
Peyronie’s disease isn’t a life-threatening condition. There are no reports of men passing away due to this illness. However, failing to seek treatment can cause significant psychological distress to those living with the condition.
reported in 2011 that those who live with Peyronie’s disease may be at a higher risk of certain psychological and personal problems, including, but not limited to:
- Difficulty maintaining a romantic relationship
- Low self-esteem
Translational Urology and Andrology released a study in June 2016 noting that 50% of men diagnosed with Peyronie’s disease suffered from depressive symptoms, while 80% reported general emotional distress. Regarding their body image and self-esteem, men described themselves as “ugly” or “half-man.” In October 2006,
The Journal of Internal Medicine reported similar findings, saying that men affected with any form of erectile dysfunction had trouble in their personal and professional lives.
The International Journal of Impotence Research suggested in April 2003 that the underreporting of erectile issues contributes to inaccurate data. While the University of Utah estimates that 4% to 13% of the population struggle with Peyronie’s disease, the shame of discussing this with a doctor probably means this statistic should be a lot higher. By not seeking medical attention for erectile dysfunction, these men may not be seeking help for their co-occurring mental conditions either.
Consider Shockwave Therapy as a Treatment for Peyronie’s Disease
Patients suffering from Peyronie’s disease may have already tried oral medications with no success. This is why many men are turning to low-intensity soundwave treatments to relieve symptoms relating to erectile dysfunction.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, this type of therapy stimulates blood flow in the penis and stem cell growth, promoting “the ability to get erections.”
Additionally, the International Journal of Impotence Research found in October 2004 that in one of their experiments, a majority of patients experienced pain relief from shockwave therapy that targeted symptoms of Peyronie’s disease. Patients experienced a few side effects, and those that were reported were considered minor.
Further Evidence Supporting GAINSWave® Therapy
GAINSWave® therapy is a form of shockwave therapy that could prove effective in treating the symptoms of Peyronie’s disease caused by prostate surgery, injury, or other cause. The goal of GAINSWave® therapy is to remove plaque from the penis that may be causing its unnatural curvature. It may also stimulate blood flow to the organ and grow new blood vessels, helping maintain erections firm enough for sexual activity.
Translational Andrology and Urology reports in the June 2016 edition that “[Shockwave therapy] could be effective in treating Peyronie’s plaque.” The study adds that, if a therapy successfully remodels plaque in the penis, pain and deformity characterized by Peyronie’s disease may decrease. This noninvasive therapy is proving to be very promising in resolving symptoms relating to erectile dysfunction.
GAINSWave® Therapy May Help Peyronie’s Disease Symptoms
Peyronie’s disease is a painful condition that can have a significant effect on a man’s quality of life if left untreated. GAINSWave® therapy may help to reduce the severity of Peyronie’s-related symptoms and improve overall sexual health. For more information, contact a GAINSWave® therapy provider today.