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Curvature of the penis: the solutions

Congenital bends in the penis are more common than you think. They only become apparent when the penis is erect, not when it is flaccid. Fortunately, such congenital curvature of the penis does not cause erectile problems.

Curvature of the penis
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There are two kinds of curvature:


A ventral deviation of the lower part of the penis. This is caused by the formation of fibrous tissue between the corpora cavernosa and the corpus spongiosum. The patient may or may not have a malformation of the opening of the urethra, which is called hypospadias.

A lateral curvature related to asymmetrical development of the corpora cavernosa. There is no associated fibrosis.

Curvatures associated with the malformation of the end of the urethra are usually corrected in childhood. Correction of congenital curvatures is usually done at the request of the patient, most often between the ages of 20 and 30. This may be on purely aesthetic grounds (sometimes because of the psychological effect on one's sex life) or, if the curvature is pronounced, because of problems with penetration during intercourse.

The only solution for curvature of the penis

In both these cases, the only option is surgery. During surgery, the ventral fibrosis (the central, hardest and most "fibrous" part of the penis) is removed; or the corpus cavernosum located opposite the curvature, is shortened. It isn't possible to extend the shortest corpus cavernosum (the two channels are located on either side of the penis; they fill with blood during sexual arousal, producing an erection). The good news is that men who have undergone this procedure will not require a penile prosthesis.

This surgery must be performed by an urologist, experienced in the field of andrology, to ensure optimum results and avoid complications; the most common of which is a recurrence of the original problem.

If performed successfully, the aesthetic and functional results of this intervention are usually excellent, with no impact on erection hardness, although the penis may be shortened by 1-2 cm.

Posted 30.06.2010


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