I think I injured my penis. Is it serious?
Penis injury is possible, especially during sexual intercourse. If you hurt or injured your penis, the injury itself will typically heal on its own over time, but there are sometimes side effects to the injury that remain. If you notice an unusual bend or curve in your penis after injury, or a hard knot along the shaft, you might have developed a condition known as Peyronie’s Disease. Peyronie’s Disease is caused by plaque that forms after your injury, causing a pronounced curve during erection. Patients with plaque development often continue to experience pain during intercourse after their original injury. It is important to schedule an appointment if you think you may have a penile injury.
Is penile injury common?
Penile injury is, in fact, pretty common. Although the development of plaque in the penis after injury, called Peyronie’s Disease, it not as common – it can affect as many as 1 out 10 men. Unfortunately, this common condition is often hidden due to embarrassment. Here are some helpful facts about Peyronie’s Disease (PD).
What causes a bent or curved penis?
Some men can have a very mild curve, which is natural. If a curve worsens or is more dramatic, this is possibly PD. Bent penis occurs when fibrous tissue forms a plaque underneath the skin of the penis and acts as a scar, preventing the natural stretch of the penis during erection. While the exact cause differs, many men report an injury to the penis that occurred during sex. A snap is heard or felt, and sometimes men notice bruising on the penis. The injury heals over time, but a plaque is formed.
How do I know if I have Peyronie’s Disease?
A trip to the urologist is necessary for diagnosis. Some symptoms include the following:
- Noticeable knot or scar on the inside the penile shaft
- Pronounced curve during erection
- Noticeably shorter penis than before erection
- Pain with intercourse or erection
How do I get rid of a curved or bent penis?
Not all penis curves are worrisome. If your erection is usable and does not cause pain, you may decide to avoid any treatment. If the curve is extreme or if you cannot use your penis for intercourse, you should schedule an appointment and review your treatment options with one of our experienced urologists. The Urology Place understands the sensitive nature of this problem and treats this condition for many men.
How do you treat Peyronie’s Disease at The Urology Place?
Experienced urologists at The Urology Place believe in a multi-pronged approach to treatment. Oral medications have mostly failed, but there are a few medications that may have some benefit while causing little harm. If these are not effective, medications such as Verapamil or Xiaflex can be applied to the plaque to try to disrupt the scar tissue. In addition, there are various mechanical ways to reduce the curve. Unfortunately, surgery will cause the penis to be permanently shortened so other treatments are typically the first steps in treatment. While rarely necessary, surgery can be performed to correct the curve. These medications and treatments may not completely return the penis to its original condition. However, sometimes even minor improvement is enough to regain confidence and function.