How much length is lost in Peyronie’s Disease surgery?
If you have been diagnosed with Peyronie’s Disease and have been recommended to have surgery, there is one key question that makes patients fret.
How much penile length will be lost in the process of Peyronie’s Disease surgery?
Understood as an unpleasant but permanent side effect, what exactly can you expect from your surgery?
Peyronie’s Disease surgery options
If you are receiving treatment on the NHS, Peyronie’s Disease is solely provided using the Nesbit procedure.
The Nesbit procedure
The Nesbit procedure removes the curvature of the penis, by removing a wedge on the long side of the curve. The remaining penile length then matches up the short and long sides, allowing the penis to become straight again.
Unfortunately, there is some penile length loss expected with this procedure. Typically, if patients have a curvature of 40° or more, the Nesbit procedure can result in an overall loss of around 1-2 inches.
For those in the earlier stages of diagnosis, facts like this can be scary and put them off seeking Peyronie’s Disease – even if they really need it.
To facilitate this, some private, specialist urology clinics offer advanced techniques that preserve penile length, while treating the disease – offering patients less impactful choices of Peyronie’s surgery.
These are explored below.
Plaque Incision and Grafting
This procedure involves removing the plaque, but unlike the Nesbit procedure, incisions carried out on the shorter side of the penis. This reduces the amount of penile length lost.
Once the plaque removed, a graft then applied to the gap, which acts as a matrix, or scaffold, for the formation of new tissue and collagen.
This private procedure gives men a straightened penis in which the length has protected. It can also used in most cases of curvature, allowing more patients to access treatment.
The Stage Technique
The Stage Technique is minimally invasive and aims to correct Peyronie’s Disease using geometric principles.
Expert urologists find the point of maximum curvature; and remove tissue measuring 3 x 1mm from this area multiple times before closing with dissolvable sutures.
This procedure vastly reduces the amount of curvature removed, and as such, can preserve length better. Patients report retaining more sensation and discover less penile strength lost. Similarly, patients experience less recurrence of symptoms and straightening rates improved – giving private patients a real option worth considering.
Choose private healthcare for Peyronie’s Disease surgery
If you are looking for Peyronie’s Disease surgery, it is important to look at both NHS and private healthcare to fully consider all of your options – especially if private healthcare can protect or maintain the length of your penis post-surgery.
While an investment in yourself, surely private providers of Peyronie’s Disease surgery are worth at least considering?