Men’s Health Center & Urology

Peyronie’s Disease

Urology of Indiana Men's Health Center Peyronies Disease

Peyronie’s disease (also known as PD) occurs when scar tissue develops on the penis, causing painful, curved erections.

Peyronie’s disease (also known as PD) occurs when scar tissue develops on the penis, causing painful, curved erections. This can also cause penile shortening and erectile dysfunction. Peyronie’s disease can range in severity from a slight bump or knot under the skin to severe distortion. This condition can make sexual intercourse difficult and painful.

If you suffer from PD symptoms, Our Men’s Health Center team at Urology of Indiana (led by fellowship-trained urologist Alex Tatem, MD) can help you. It is nothing to be ashamed of, and safe, effective treatment is available.

PD is caused by irregular scar formation in the tissue of the penis. It is not known for certain why this happens, however, it can result from an injury sustained during sports or sexual activity or as a result of an accident. Many experts believe normal wear and tear to the penis during healthy sexual activity may prompt this scar tissue formation.

  • Scar tissue felt underneath the skin of the penis
  • A bend to or shortening of the penis
  • Pain
  • Erectile problems

Men often diagnose themselves when noticing a lump, bump and a new curve in their penis during erections. To confirm this, one of our providers will perform a thorough physical examination and consider testing (such as a penile duplex ultrasound) to ensure the most accurate diagnosis. This enables us to create a personalized treatment plan for each individual patient.

Peyronie’s disease is typically permanent, and rarely resolves on its own. If left untreated, it may result in pain or structural abnormalities of the erect penis.

There are several treatment options for Peyronie’s disease that can restore both a man’s sexual life and self-image.

  • At-home physical therapy (also known as traction therapy)
  • Minimally-invasive procedures that are performed in the operating room
  • Injectable therapy that can be administered at our Men’s Health Center locations.

The options for each patient are different.

For more detailed information about Peyronie’s disease, visit our Urology of Indiana Men’s Health Center page.