False hope for a Peyronie’s cure

Use extreme caution with the next great Peyronie’s cure – new does not mean better

The internet is full of ads promoting expensive Peyronie’s disease treatment schemes that do no make sense, like the expensive mechanical penis stretching devices.   All of these $250-$400 devices started out as penis enlargement stretchers.  Ads for these devices promoting them as a Peyronie’s disease treatment suggest that the bent penis of Peyronie’s disease can be simply cured or corrected  by stretching the penis like it was a bent paper clip.  No serious Peyronie’s research has been presented that a mechanical penis enlargement device or penis enhancer permanently helps Peyronie’s symptoms or is a valid Peyronie’s treatment. The same is true of the mystery herbal products from the Middle East that are sold under different names and claim to reverse Peyronie’s disease.

Male enhancement with a penis extender or stretcher

Penis stretcher devices recently have come under federal investigation and prosecution recently for making unproven claims they help cure Peyronies disease.  These penis extenders have been sold for many years to men who wanted to make their penises longer; it has been only in the past few years these products have been marketed as a Peyronies cure.  The ads say they work, but never explain the mechanism how this takes place.  The ads also say they have research to prove that making the penis larger by stretching it is somehow a treatment for Peyronie’s disease, but the ads never show that research.

Based on personal experience and the information I have received during many hundreds of communications with men who have told me about their experiences using a penis extender device, it is my opinion these penis stretchers are not only ineffective as a Peyronie’s treatment, but that they can be dangerous to use and can in some cases cause Peyronie’s disease.   Many men have told me their Peyronie’s disease started after receiving a compression injury from use of a penis extender.   Many other men have also told me they attempted to use a penis stretching device but were unable to do so because of the tissue irritation and pain caused by wearing the penis extender; if they persisted in using it in spite of pain they did not see change in using the device.  In almost 10 years of Peyronie’s counseling I have never encountered a man who has told me he used a penis stretcher and it helped reduce his curvature or cure Peyronie’s disease for him.


Mystery herbs with a money back guarantee

There are at least three different companies that say they offer a money back guarantee if their herbal product does not cure Peyronies disease for the user in 90 days.

When I first saw these ads I made several direct inquires to each company, asking for information about their product simply because it carried a guarantee.  I introduced myself as someone who has a Peyronie’s disease website who would be happy to tell other people about a company with such great research results  and so confident of their Peyronie’s cure that they gave a money back guarantee.   I never received a response from any of the three companies.  This seemed unusual since any reputable company with good research and a good product would be eager to promote it.

Over the years I have spoken to several men who tried these herbal products.  All of them got no help with their Peyronies, and all of them could not get any money back when they asked for a refund because of lack of results.

Standard medical treatment of Peyronie’s disease

The reader who searches the Internet, reading only the standard medical websites of highly respected clinics and universities (Mayo, Cleveland, Tulane, etc.) for the best way to treat his Peyronie’s disease still needs to use caution and common sense.

The ideas and results from a multimillion university or pharmaceutical research project are sometimes proven later to be incorrect and ineffective.  Drugs and surgical procedures that are put on the market with great fanfare today are sometimes proven to be disastrous.  Everyone has read and heard about drugs causing so many dangerous side effects that they must be withdrawn from the market after just a few years.  And everyone knows someone whose simple surgery went bad.  Lawyers become rich by suing doctors and drug makers for the damage caused by fully approved and accepted medical care.   These things happen.   With a little insight and logic it is possible to reduce your risk of becoming a medical statistic.

Anyone considering surgery for Peyronie’s disease should spend a lot of time reading the posts from men who have had the same kind of surgery being considered, in which they express their experiences and outcomes in various online Peyronies blogs and forums.  It is a good idea to not only get the opinion and recommendation of the surgeon who proposes to cut on your body, but to also listen to the people who have had these Peyronie’s surgeries because they will often provide information and a perspective that is beneficial to hear.  After collecting valuable information from a variety of sources you will be able to make a better informed decision.

The reader will find that not all penis surgery turns out as the doctor expected.  It  happens with surprising frequency that a man will be left after Peyronie’s surgery with complete loss of sensation (total numbness) of the penis, or constant pain, or complete impotency when it was not expected.  Concerning Peyronie’s surgery, here is an interesting fact:   A surgeon has a different set of standards and baselines by which he/she judges the success of a surgery.  In a case of Peyronie’s disease, the objective usually is to straighten the penis.  A surgeon can look you straight in the eye and tell you that each of his last 50 Peyronie’s surgeries were a total success if all resulted in a straight penis, even if each of them also experienced constant numbness, coldness, reduced sensation, pain and impotency.  As the old punchline goes, “The operation was a success, but the patient died.”

When reading the reports of men on Peyronie’s blogs and forums, carefully read and pay attention to their stories about life after Peyronie’s surgery.  It is common for a man to make a broad and positive comment about the outcome of his surgery and then immediately follow that comment with one or two facts that contradict the positive statement.   They start out saying how great the Peyronie’s surgery results are, and then mention a few problems that have persisted or started since the surgery.  I do not know why so many men do this, but it does appear to be a common pattern.  Perhaps it is a way of avoiding the idea that things did not turn out very well and the surgery was not really such a great idea after all.

Many men report something like this:  “Oh, the surgeon was the best and I am really happy with my Nesbit procedure.  It turned out really well for me.   My penis went from a 7 inch erection to just a bit over 5 inches.  Since the surgery I have some pain during sex and the head of my penis is totally numb so I do not feel anything there.”   Or,  “My PD surgery turned out great; best thing I ever did.  I went from a 90 degree bend to just a small 5 degree curve.  I do not know why I waited so long to have it done.   After the surgery I was completely impotent so I had a second surgery about two years later to install a penis prosthetic with a bulb in my scrotum to create an artificial erection.   The incision got infected pretty bad for a few weeks and I thought I was going to need an amputation, but eventually it turned out fine.  Because of the infection and surgeries I don’t have any feeling in my penis, but the wife thinks this option is better than nothing at all.”

Lastly, another area of risk with any Peyronie’s surgery is the appearance of new plaque or scar formation at the site of surgical incisions and sutures.  It makes sense that if someone has already developed excess internal scar formation because of injury to the tunica albuginea layer of the penis, that the additional trauma of surgical incisions and suturing that occurs during penis surgery could possibly result in additional scar formation.   I have consulted with many men who report this happened to them.

What has been proven time and time again is that the surest way to help reduce Peyronies plaque formation so it is reabsorbed by the body as happens in the 50% of men whose PD just goes away on its own.  This is done by support the body’s ability to heal naturally.  This entire website is about just that – doing whatever you can to help your body heal its own Peyronie’s disease.  It happens for half of the men who get Peyronie’s disease, why not you?