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Treating Peyronie’s Disease with Penile Stretching

The study authors looked at research on traction therapy alone and in conjunction with other Peyronie’s treatments, like injections and surgery.

“[Penile traction therapy] has been successful in primary penile lengthening and curvature correction in the acute phase of [Peyronie’s disease],” they concluded. It might also help preserve penile length in men who undergo surgery. More research is needed on traction therapy combined with injections, however.

Traction devices are easy to find and use, the authors noted. But they may not be appropriate for all patients, and it is still not clear how long the devices should be used for best results. More study is recommended before traction therapy can be considered a “standard of care,” the researchers explained.

Less is known about VEDs to treat Peyronie’s disease. Studies of the approach after radical prostatectomy (surgical removal of the prostate gland) and before penile implant procedures suggest that VEDs may be effective, but further research is necessary.

“More basic and clinical research is required to clarify the role of penile stretching in [Peyronie’s disease], but with existing trials and research ongoing, the potential is encouraging,” the authors wrote.

The study was published online in Sexual Medicine Reviews in January 2019 as an article in press.

Resources

Sex Health Matters

“Peyronie’s Treatments – Traction Therapy and VEDs”

(July 10, 2014)

https://www.sexhealthmatters.org/sex-health-blog/peyronies-treatments-traction-therapy-and-veds

“Traction Therapy for Peyronie’s Disease”

https://www.sexhealthmatters.org/peyronies-disease/traction-therapy-for-peyronies-disease

Sexual Medicine Reviews

Cowper, Matthew G., BS, et al.

“Penile Stretching as a Treatment for Peyronie’s Disease: A Review”

(Full-text article in press. Published online: January 4, 2019)

https://www.smr.jsexmed.org/article/S2050-0521(18)30118-5/fulltext

Urology Care Foundation

“What is Peyronie’s Disease?”

https://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/peyronies-disease#Symptoms

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