Peyronie’s Disease Treatment in Toronto
What is Peyronie’s disease?
Peyronie’s disease is a condition in which scar tissue (also known as plaque — but this plaque is unrelated to the plaque known to block arteries) develops on the penis and causes it to be bent or curved. Though penises do vary in shape and size and curved erections aren’t an inherently bad or dangerous thing, Peyronie’s disease results in a significant bend and may cause pain. Severe cases of Peyronie’s disease often prevent sexual intercourse from occurring.
What are the signs and symptoms of Peyronie’s disease?
It’s important to note that Peyronie’s disease symptoms may not be immediate, as it is a disease that slowly worsens over time. There are two phases of Peyronie’s disease: the acute phase and the chronic phase.
The acute phase occurs early in the disease. Symptoms at the acute phase include pain, changes in the curve or length of the penis (a shortening of the penis is common), and/or a deformity of the penis. You may start to have scar tissue building up, which typically feels like small lumps. Erectile dysfunction is often an early symptom of Peyronie’s disease.
In the chronic phase, the symptoms in the active phase stabilize. At this point, it’s unlikely that your penis will curve any more than it already has. Some men stop experiencing pain during the chronic phase.
What causes Peyronie’s disease?
What causes Peyronie’s disease is not entirely known, though there are certain factors that may be part of the cause. The most common belief is that Peyronie’s stems from repeated injury. In general, scar tissue develops as part of the healing process. In the case of Peyronie’s, the scar tissue forms incorrectly following an injury.
Injury isn’t the only factor that leads to Peyronie’s disease. If you have a relative with Peyronie’s, you are at an increased risk of the condition. Age is a risk factor as well, as the condition appears to onset with age. Certain tissue disorders may also put you at higher risk for Peyronie’s disease.
Note that there are no preventative measures for Peyronie’s.
What Peyronie’s disease treatment options are available in Toronto?
In general, treatment for Peyronie’s disease depends on how long you’ve had symptoms.
For the acute phase of Peyronie’s disease, the following treatments are available:
- Shockwave therapy: Shockwave therapy uses acoustic sound waves to break up the fibrous scar tissue that causes Peyronie’s disease in the first place.
- Platelet Rich Plasma therapy: PRP or the P-Shot takes the healing properties in your own blood & it puts them exactly where we want to accelerate healing, directly in the scar tissue.
What is GAINSWave®?
GAINSWave® is the commercial name for shockwave therapy, a noninvasive procedure that uses sound waves to break up the scar tissue causing Peyronie’s disease. GAINSWave® is also used to treat erectile dysfunction, which many men with Peyronie’s develop.
What makes GAINSWave® a good option for treating Peyronie’s disease?
GAINSWave® therapy is the safest treatment option for Peyronie’s disease because it doesn’t involve any drugs and is noninvasive, meaning you won’t need surgery and your recovery time will be brief. Depending on the severity of your case, GAINSWave® may take anywhere from 6 to 12 treatment sessions and each session takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete.
Though that may sound like a lot, GAINSWave® may save you thousands because it doesn’t require prescriptions or surgery. The results of GAINSWave® last longer than most other Peyronie’s disease treatment options. Many men who have Peyronie’s disease also develop erectile dysfunction, which is another condition that GAINSWave® treats. GAINSWave® therapy can treat Peyronie’s disease and erectile dysfunction at the same time, saving you both time and money.
Unlike the majority of other Peyronie’s disease treatments, GAINSWave® treats the root cause of your penis’s curvature: scar tissue build-up.
Is GAINSWave® right for me?
To see if you’re an ideal candidate for GAINSWave® therapy, speak to your doctor or call Oakwood Health, Toronto, for more information or to schedule a consultation.
At your first consultation, we’ll complete a thorough evaluation of your symptoms and any associated conditions to determine if GAINSWave® is right for you.
Where can I go to in Toronto for GAINSWave® therapy?
Oakwood Health, Toronto, ON, is a certified GAINSWave® provider. All certified GAINSWave® providers must complete an in-depth training course and have experience in treating men’s health issues.
Contact us today to schedule your first consultation at our Toronto location.