Penile Traction Device for Peyronie's Disease
Peyronie's (pay-roe-NEEZ) disease is the development of fibrous scar tissue inside the penis that causes curved, painful erections. This can prevent you from having sex or might make it difficult to get or maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction). For many men, Peyronie's disease also causes stress and anxiety.
- A significant bend to the penis. Your penis might be curved upward, downward or bent to one side. In some cases, the erect penis might have narrowing, indentations or an hourglass appearance, with a tight, narrow band around the shaft.
- Scar tissue. The scar tissue (plaques) associated with Peyronie's disease can be felt under the skin of the penis as flat lumps or a band of hard tissue.
- Erection problems. Peyronie's disease might cause problems getting or maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction).
- Shortening of the penis. Your penis might become shorter as a result of Peyronie's disease.
- Pain. You might have penile pain, with or without an erection.
Landon Trost, M.D., provides background information as to why a new penile traction technology was developed by Mayo Clinic and licensed to PathRight Medical (www.restorex.com). A penile traction device is a device meant to stretch the penis (penile traction therapy). Common problems with existing technology included painful or ineffective clamps, lack of sufficient traction, inability to get feedback on the amount of traction required, need for extended use (greater than 5-9 hours daily), and a lack of ability to provide counter-bending forces.
More helpful discussion may be found at the Men's Health Group