Peyronie’s disease (PD) is a common issue that can affect men’s urinary continence, sexual performance and overall sexual health. PD is a wound healing disorder, generally thought to occur when scar tissue, excess collagen or plaques, build up in the penis. These plaques can frequently cause an abnormal curvature or indentation to the penis, leading to issues with urination, erection and ejaculation. Additionally, plaque build up may contribute to penile shortening or loss of penile girth.
PD is an acquired condition thought to be the result of penile trauma experienced from either several minor traumas from normal sexual intercourse or from a significant one time trauma. Developing scar formation along the shaft of the penis can be progressive, leading to worsening and frustrating issues with pain, sexual function and urination. It appears that some men are more susceptible than others, although why this is the case is still unclear. The predominance of Peyronie’s Disease increases with age, especially in men over 55 years of age. There is a higher incidence of PD in men with diabetes, high blood pressure and in men who smoke. It is not uncommon for men experiencing Peyronie’s Disease to also suffer from stress, anxiety and depression.
Current treatment for late stage Peyronie’s Disease (PD) include surgical procedures like excision or incision with grafting, suturing the unaffected side to correct curvature or insertion of penile implants. Medications such as collagenase, verapamil and interferon are used in a series of injections over several months. There is evidence supporting the use of external penile traction for two to 8 hours per day leading to improvements in penile girth, length and curvature after six months of use.
How does the GAINSWave Procedure Work in the Treatment of Peyronie’s Disease?
GAINSWave procedure leverages acoustic wave technology that has been in use in Europe for over fifteen years in the management of inflammatory processes like tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, scar remodeling, cellulite and stretch marks. For the management of Peyronie’s Disease and erectile dysfunction, GAINSWave delivers low intensity sound waves to naturally restore and improve the endothelial lining function of the penis. Treatments help break up the accumulated plaques and increase production of nitric oxide to enable new collagen and blood vessel formation.
In patients for whom it is indicated, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), with ultra concentrated growth factors and cytokines, facilitate reduction of inflammation and promote repair are injected into PD plaques to accelerate improvement and reduction of penile curvature and easing any PD-associated pain affected men may be experiencing.
GAINSWave and PRP treatments for Peyronie’s Disease (PD) with or without erectile dysfunction (ED) are in-office, non-surgical and drug free procedures take that take forty-five minutes to complete when performed together. Local anesthesia is applied before the procedures begin to ensure your comfort.
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GAINSWave Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Results
Treatment results may begin to be noticeable as early as a week after your treatment series begins. As GAINSWave and PRP treatments progress, you should see a gradual reduction of penile curvature and plaque reduction. It is not uncommon to see increase in penile length. Results vary per individual and are influences by your age, baseline health, degree of scarring, comorbidities, degree of PD with or without ED and following treatment schedule and post-treatment self-care.
During your comprehensive consultation, we will discuss your complete health history, all medications you are taking, as well as if this or other procedures may be beneficial for you. If GAINSWave Peyronie’s Disease therapy is right for you, your specific treatment schedule, pre and post treatment activities and follow up visits will be reviewed.
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Who is a Good Candidate for GAINSWave Peyronie’s Disease Treatments?
Peyronie’s Disease tends to affect men between the ages of 40-70 years, although it may occur in younger men. Current reporting estimates that 10% of men have Peyronie’s Disease. Of those with a palpable plaque, 84% report penile angulation, 47% report painful erections, 41% report ED and 32% admitted they were experiencing a combination of plaque, penile curvature and pain.