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Splint Offers Early Traction to Peyronie’s Disease Patients

Splint Offers Early Traction to Peyronie’s Disease PatientsScientists have developed a splint that provides early traction therapy immediately after Peyronie’s disease surgery.

An early study of the splint has shown it to be “effective and safe,” according to a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study. The splint may also reduce the risk of penile shortening.

Peyronie’s disease causes a distinct curve to the penis. Experts aren’t exactly sure what triggers it, but some believe it develops from a penile injury that doesn’t heal properly. Instead, areas of hardened scar tissue called plaques form beneath the skin’s surface. Because the plaques make the penis less flexible, the penis starts to bend.

Men with Peyronie’s often have pain and erection difficulties. Some are unable to have intercourse at all due to penile deformity.

Surgery is one way to treat Peyronie’s disease. One example is the plaque incision and grafting technique. With this approach, surgeons make an incision into the plaque(s) and fill the space with a graft material.

Men often have traction therapy after this procedure to help keep the penis straight and limit any shortening. This part of the treatment involves wearing a special device that gently pulls the penis into a straight position.

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