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Peyronie’s Surgery Safe and Effective for Older Men

Peyronie’s Surgery Safe and Effective for Older MenSurgical treatment of Peyronie’s disease is generally safe and effective for men age 65 and over, reports a recent study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Eighty-five percent of the men in the study were satisfied with their results.

Men with Peyronie’s disease have a deformity in their penis caused by areas of hardened scar tissue called plaques that form on the tunica albuginea (the tissue that surrounds the spongy chambers that fill with blood when a man has an erection).

Usually, the result is a distinct curve, but some men develop deformities that resemble an hourglass or a hinge. Sometimes, the situation is so severe that men cannot have intercourse. Peyronie’s disease can be painful, and erection difficulties are possible. It also becomes more common as men get older.

While there are several non-surgical approaches to treating Peyronie’s disease, surgery is considered the gold standard. However, scientists weren’t sure whether surgery was a good option for older men. With the world’s population aging (and many men staying sexually active in their older years), they decided to investigate the subject further.

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