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Are there any efficient ways to help with penis curvature problem?

The generic shape of a penis in erected state is usually distinguished by a very slight curve or sideways "hang", and such shape of penis is found with almost 100% of male population. At the same time a very slight share of men, about 0.4%, that is, 400 men in every 100,000, are unlucky owners of a penis that suffers deformations when erected; it becomes so extremely bent or curved that having sexual intercourse is either too painful for both partners or completely impossible. The reason for this frustrating deformation is the build-up of fibrous scar tissue in the layers of erectile tissue (cavernosa). Because of this build-up the erect penis can obtain a "J" or "U" shape. Sometimes it bends several times and, as a result, its appearance very much reminds of that of a corkscrew. In medical terms this dysfunction is known as Peyronie's Disease, or fibrous caverositis (because of the tissue build up).

Though it has been recognized that the condition of Peyronie's disease occurs in cases when the healthy and elastic tissue of the penis becomes replaced by inelastic plaque or scar-like tissues, the medical experts in the field of reproductive organs pathology still disagree about the exact cause of the illness. In the process of a standard, normal erection the sound elastic tissue expands more or less symmetrically, resulting in a common straight erection. But the abnormal scar-like tissue is not so elastic, and is not able to stretch symmetrically. In principle it can stretch, but rather hard, it stays contracted while other parts of the penis are enlarged due to the inflow of blood. The result is an extreme curvature or bending. If the scar tissue manages to encircle the whole body of the penis it produces so called "bottleneck" effect or can even lead to frustrating shortening of the penis.

Severe injury, inflammation, or some kind of trauma to the erected penis, for instance, some extremely forceful bending are considered the most common causes that may bring about the unfortunate circumstance of Peyronie's disease. Attempts to treat erectile dysfunction with help of injection of some popular drugs such as Caverject are also known among the reasons for a Peyronie's condition. As many medical experts in the related field came to believe strongly, some other health problems - among them high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries or diabetes, or even some rare genetic causes to which they may be linked to - are responsible for the onset of Peyronie's. On the other hand, for the present time a penis trauma followed by late, slow or incorrect treatment is known to be the most popular culprit.

The treatment of the frustrating Peyronie's dysfunction calls for careful and individual approach, since every case is different and that should be understood in the first place. Many male persons consider the corrective surgery a logical choice, but physicians, as a rule, in general recommend their patients not to jump to decisions and wait of at least a year or two before giving a try to surgical methods of the curvature correction. While waiting for the surgery many would-be patients come to conclusion that the surgery is a too drastic choice that should be made as the last-resort only. It is easy to believe since if you try a search online with the keywords "penile curvature surgery" you will witness some very graphic photos that are forthrightly not to those weak-nerved. So it is not surprising that most patients will try other ways of treatment in the first place.

In some cases, the condition of suffering men improves spontaneously without treatment within a year or two, and scar tissue may even disappear. About 40% of men see no change within that time frame, though, and another 40% may even see worsening of conditions. One of the two most-performed surgeries, called the Nesbit procedure, often results in a shortening of the penis by 1 to 2 inches; the other procedure in which scar tissue is replaced with grafted tissue may result in partial or complete loss of erectile function. In these cases, prior to surgery and during the "waiting period," alternative treatments are certainly worthwhile and more effective than doing nothing at all, and they are infinitely more preferable given the extreme nature of the surgical treatments.

The best and most successful self-treatment alternative for the extremes of curvature correction surgery is nowadays found in the form of traction devices, especially when combined with a course of Vitamin E therapy. The traction device to correct curvature problem was invented and developed by Swedish doctor, Jorn Ege Siana, and was meant for post-penis-surgery patients to ensure their proper healing. It is still widely used in clinics and hospitals throughout the USA and Europe. The most successful of corrective devices is the well-known and well-trusted ProExtender. This device very gently applies consistent, carefully measured traction force to the penis. This traction force prevents the hardening of scar tissue, and, at the same time, helps to shape correct straight-arrow dimensions of the penis. Since it is necessary for the method to be applied consistently for a period of several months, the design of the device lets it to be worn discreetly under clothing. You can even wear it at work if you do not do any heavy-duty physical jobs.

Besides absence of possibility of adverse side effects or the trauma and invasive risks of corrective surgery, the traction-device treatment has some other obvious benefits, such as comparatively low cost, and the advantage of doing all necessary treatment at home, not at a hospital or clinic. Many prefer to combine the method with a course of Vitamin E. Its effectiveness against penile curvature was thoroughly studied and confirmed during the 1940s and 1950s. There also exists a rather popular and efficient natural supplement used to treat Peyronie's disease. It is Potaba (known as well as potassium amonobenzoate). This supplement does bring some positive results against Peyronie's disease but the treatment course requires taking 24 pills per day for during as long as 6 months, so the cost of the medication supply is rather high. Some other oral medications and supplements available in case of Peyronie's disease can be purchased strictly on prescription of specialists. In general, before applying any of mentioned methods a prospective patient should sick a professional advised of an experienced physician.