According to recent studies in the United States, the number of cases of Peyronie’s disease is on the rise. Ten percent of all men in the U.S. may have the disease. Men that contract Peyronie’s disease usually experience pain during intercourse and therefore seek medical treatment. The causes of the disease and the ways that it progress are still mysterious to many physicians and the treatments used may be ineffective prescriptions from the past that are not proven to work. Therapy in Peyronie’s disease is intended to maintain sexual activity while giving the patient a more functional erection.
Treatments of Peyronie’s Disease Used in the Past
Older methods of dealing with Peyronie’s disease include vitamin E supplements taken orally, and the application of topical creams such as Verapamil. The topical cream is massaged into the skin in the affected area, though it actually transmits too low of a dose to be effective. Radiation treatment has also been used to treat Peyronie’s disease; yet all of these treatments have not been very successful.
Advancements in Treatments of Peyronie’s Disease
As technology has grown, especially in the medical field, new treatments for Peyronie’s disease have come forward to replace the older, ineffective methods. There have been success rates as high as 70% for the reduction of deformity. This technology and increase in success rates has also given birth to new devices for treatment of Peyronie’s disease, such as mechanical traction; a method that uses a device to stretch the penile tissue and treat penile retraction.
External Penis Stretching: History & background
External devices for penis stretching were fist developed in Europe in the 1990’s as a non-surgical approach for penis lengthening, but it was soon discovered that they could also be used to lower the severity of curvature and stretch the plaque associated with Peyronie’s disease. Soon mechanical traction therapy became more and more common in Europe as a treatment of the disease.
External-Penis Stretching: Function
Penis stretching devices work by stretching the penis for several hours a day while flaccid with a fully adjustable level of traction. By adding metal sections to the device, the splint can be lengthened and help produce better results. The stretching lengthens the penis by remodeling the tissue and lengthening the plaque associated with Peyronie’s disease.
Supporting Evidence for Penis Stretching as a Treatment of Peyronie’s Disease
Several studies have been performed that support the effectiveness of penis stretching as a treatment of Peyronie’s disease through penile retraction.
One study showed that all patients received improvement of severe curvatures, ranging from ten to forty five degrees. Girth and length was also improved ranging in effectiveness with a high success of 2.5 cm recorded in one case. Though the ultimate goal of penis stretching in Peyronie’s disease is to increase functionality of the penis, the increase in size is one side effect of mechanical traction that patient’s may benefit from, particularly those that have suffered a decrease in size because of the disease.
For the duration of the study, patient’s used to device as directed; for two to four hours a day over an extended period of time. Contact was established with each patient weekly during the study period to ensure that they were complying with the terms of the study and to provide moral support. This contact and the technology itself helped result in a high success rate at the end of the study.
Another study was performed on 22 men between the ages of 18 and 78 years old that were all suffering from different stages of penile retraction in Peyronie’s disease. A penis-stretching device was used and was found to have a high success rate.
The international Journal of Impotence Research (vol. 14, suppl. 4, December 2002) recorded and outlined the effectiveness of the study. While no negative side effects were reported, the average length increases ranged from 9.7 to 15.2 cm when used for six hours a day over an extended period of time. This study helped verify the effectiveness of mechanical penile stretching as a treatment for Peyronie’s disease.
The effectiveness and success of external penis stretching methods as opposed to surgery or other treatment methods was proved by the results of the above-mentioned studies, and it has proven to be a safe, more comfortable treatment for the negative impact of Peyronie’s disease on the length, curvature and function of men’s penises.