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MensHealthThis months issue of Men's Health magazine includes a rather interesting article concerning Peyronie's disease, a medical condition that may affect up to 25 million men in the United States alone. The author of the article having been diagnosed with the affliction commonly described as "bent penis" tells of his experience in dealing with various treatments. One particular method however, namely that of using a penile traction device to naturally correct penis curvature, is conspicuously absent from recommended treatments.

"Recommended Treatment"

Upon discovering that he suffered from Peyronie's disease, the author of the article, Bill, did what most men would do - he immediately scheduled an appointment with his doctor. He was then referred to a urologist said to specialize in Peyronie's disease. The medical treatment options laid out for him included the following:

Verapamil Injections
A technique of injecting a drug called verapamil directly into the penis shaft. This is meant to break down the accumulation of plaque responsible for the unusual curvature of the penis.

Downside: Results are spotty at best and the injections are very painful.

Corporal Plication
A surgical operation in which two permanent sutures are embedded in the lining of the penis. These sutures are placed opposite to the curvature as a way of straightening the penile shaft.

Downside: Can result in a shortening of the penis.

Patch Corporoplasty
This procedure involves cutting the plaque into two sections by making an incision through the thickest part of the buildup. Once the curved section is divided, the incision is then patched together with a skin graft.

Downside: A chance of developing erectile dysfunction if the nerves or tissues are damaged during the surgery.

Bill elected to use the first method involving verapamil injections. After this treatment failed he then proceeded to the surgical option involving corporal plication. After 5 hours of surgery and a month of recovery, Bill's penis was once again free from curvature.

Natural Penile Traction

I found it a bit curious that a non-surgical and non-invasive method such as penis traction was not referenced. This particular method has not only demonstrated favorable results in numerous clinical studies, it's also been shown to increase the size of the penis, a more than favorable result in itself.

So why was this technique not mentioned as an alternative to these risky and often unsuccessful methods? Is it not a physician's obligation to his patient to reveal every manner of available treatment?

Maybe it's because a treatment that doesn't require medical intervention (or expensive health insurance) is somehow frowned upon by doctors. God-forbid there might be a solution to Peyronie's disease that doesn't involve cutting open a man's penis or injecting painful needles!

Perhaps it's because society as a whole has come to rely on the medical community as the most convenient response to health issues. We want our problems fixed immediately, regardless of the potential dangers involved. For those seeking immediate gratification, solutions such as penile traction which might take several months for results are simply too "troublesome."

Cautious Decision Making

I've always thought of surgery as a last resort, something to be considered only after all other resources have been exhausted. This same principal holds true for penis enlargement surgery. The inherent risks involved with surgical penis augmentation, not to mention the enormous costs, makes this the least desirable option.

I personally subscribe to a philosophy of safety first. Whether your goal is to fix a bent penis or increase your length and girth, choosing a method that doesn't put your health in danger should be foremost in your decision making. Penis traction devices may not provide immediate results but they do get the job done. And in the end, finishing the race first isn't nearly as important as finishing safely.

For more information about the condition known as bent penis see About Penile Curvature/Peyronie's Disease.

Posted by PRS
Saturday, November 7th, 2009


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