Peyronie’s disease causes the penis to curve when erect due to scar tissue formation. Bellingham Urology Group in Bellingham and Mount Vernon, Washington, specializes in treating Peyronie’s disease. The board-certified urologists can prevent the curvature from worsening with early treatment. They can also reduce pain and restore sexual function in more advanced cases using treatments like Xiaflex®. Call Bellingham Urology Group or complete the online booking form today to discover how Xiaflex reduces pain and restores sexual function for men with Peyronie’s disease.
Xiaflex is a treatment for men with Peyronie’s disease (penile curvature), which causes curved, painful erections. This condition develops when scar tissue called plaque forms on the penis, often resulting from injuries sustained during sex or when playing sports.
The scar tissue your body creates when the injury is healing restricts the penile tissues. This may not cause much of a problem day-to-day, but when you get an erection, the area affected by scarring doesn’t expand as much as the rest of your penis.
This can create a significant bend in the penis or an abnormal shape and causes painful stretching. When erect, your penis might bend to the side, upward, or down, depending on where the scarring develops. Some men have an indentation in their penises that makes them hourglass-shaped. The penis may also shorten.
Having Peyronie’s disease can significantly affect your sex life because it makes intercourse difficult and painful. It can also lead to erectile dysfunction. Even when symptoms aren’t this severe, Peyronie’s disease causes men considerable stress and anxiety.
Peyronie’s disease rarely goes away without treatment, either remaining the same or, in most cases, worsening.
Treatments may include Peyronie’s disease exercises to make the scar tissue more flexible, penile traction therapy to stretch the tissues, or surgery to straighten your penis, remove a plaque, or insert a penile implant.
Xiaflex is a highly effective treatment that relieves Peyronie’s disease symptoms without surgery. It’s the only FDA-approved nonsurgical option for adult men with Peyronie’s disease. Xiaflex is suitable for adult men with plaque their urologist can feel and a curve in their penis of more than 30 degrees.
Xiaflex treatment involves visiting Bellingham Urology Group for a series of injections, typically 1-4 treatment cycles spaced about six weeks apart. Combined with gentle daily penis stretching and straightening, Xiaflex gradually reduces curvature in the erect penis.
Precisely how Xiaflex works is unclear, but it’s likely that enzymes in Xiaflex work together to progressively weaken and break down plaque.
Xiaflex targets the complex fibers within the plaque, so injecting it into other penile tissues could cause damage. Therefore it’s vital to receive Xiaflex treatment from the approved, experienced urologists at Bellingham Urology Group.
Call your nearest office today to learn more about Xiaflex and how it could help with your Peyronie’s disease symptoms, or book an appointment online.