Penis Traction Devices - Questions?

Phase 1: Traction Device - The Heavy Artillery


Was the Penis Traction device developed for Peyronies Disease?

       No, it was actually developed in its' present form to treat a condition known as micro-penis syndrome. This is a condition in which a penis under one inch in erect length is steadily stretched over a prolonged period of time to lengthen and enlarge it. It was found to be highly successful and effective for this use.

How does Penis Traction help Peyronies Disease?

       The same type of device has been approved as a treatment for Peyronie's and bent penis syndrome for several years. By adding increased traction along one side of the penis, the penis can be steadily straightened.

How long does it take to straighten a penis?

       This method of penis straightening can take up to 6 months, traction devices have been shown to have a therapeutic element to them. Traction helps to strengthen the penis shaft and improve blood flow. This leads to stronger & straighter erections.

Have Clinical studies been done on Traction devices?

       Yes, Seven doctors in the Urology department at the University of Torino, Italy had participating Peyronie's disease patients wear spring loaded arm traction devices. The patients average age was 53.3, and all of the subjects had non congenital curvature due to Peyronie's disease. The average time duration of the disease was 16 months, and all of the subject patients had clinically stable disease. There were 40 patients in the test with one dropping out after a few days due to discomfort caused by the device. The patients received no additional medication or use of any E.D. meds. during the study. There was no reduction in plaque size, but at the end of the study most of the patients were rated as showing acceptable improvement. One of the byproducts in this study were increases in penis length and girth. The majority of the patients were listed as satisfied with the results. The doctors stated at the end of the study, that the best time to pursue nonsurgical treatment is in the acute stages, that is in the first twelve months of onset. The patients in this study with stabilized disease achieved on average a 13.5% reduction in curvature. In a prior study with patients in the acute stage, there was a recorded average 33% reduction in curvature over six months time, using traction alone as the treatment program.

Why not use a Vacuum pump, instead of a Traction Device?

       Traction devices have been shown to be effective in treating Peyronie's disease. Vacuum pumps have been known to cause lumps, blood clots and bruising of the penis. They do not have the ability to put traction on one side of the penis over the other, so they have been known to cause curvature damage and increase damage in Peyronies disease patients.

Should I buy the most inexpensive Device - What's the Difference?
The Peyronie's Device - Complete Treatment System

       You will need to read the section on product comparisons. There is a big difference in the comfort between some brands. I know from experience. I wasted my money on a cheap product and then had to go with a better design. The end result was I spent more money than I needed to. I should have purchased a better quality one first.



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36 comments:

  1. Thank you for your site and information you provide. You previously mentioned interest in the Phallosan product yet I can no longer find it mentioned or advertised on your site. Do you have any further information (positive or negative) regarding the product's success with Peyronie's disease?

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  2. I am in the process of updating the information from Phallomed, the manufacturers of Phallosan. The links were not working in the article and I had some questions that needed answering and will soon re-post new information on Phallosan. I did not use the Phallosan product in my own treatment, and there has been some set backs on its' sale in the USA, so I pulled the article temporarily.
    Thank you for your question

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  3. Thank you for your response. i look forward to your posts regarding new information on the Phallosan product.

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  4. Firstly i would like to thank you for preparing this website, i find your approach to be sincere and helpful. I'm currently 3 weeks into your programe and have already noticed small improvements. I would like to know whether your programe also caters for people with congenital curvature? Reason i ask is upon further research i've found that i most likely suffer from congenital curvature opposed to peyronies. Is one usually more severe than the other? I'm pretty sure i experienced a develpment imbalance at the base of the shaft causing it to hang to the left in both flaccid and erect length. Angle curvature being 40-50 degrees. Any feedback would be most appreciated. Thankyou

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  5. Thank you for your question. Peyronie's is caused by an unnatural condition, often caused by an injury or micro injury. A matrix of connective tissue forms at these injury sites, and eventually causes contraction or blockages in the blood supply to erectile tissue, which results in the characteristic curvature.

    Congenital curvature is a natural condition in which the structure and erectile tissue is longer on one side than the other or can be caused by tethering of the skin, which pulls against one side differentially.

    Traction devices are popular in Europe for treating congenital curvature, and are about the only practical non-surgical and non-invasive way to treat a congenital condition.

    In America most congenital curvature is treated with surgery. Plication or the Nesbit procedure being the most common method. The use of oral or topical programs, I fear would be largely useless in treating congenital curvature, as they are designed to remove and scavenge fibrotic buildup in the area of the plaque.

    I will have to do further research into congenital curvature to see what other natural treatments might be effective. Thanks again for your kind words and best wishes for a resolution of your curvature.

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    1. Thankyou for your reply. I'll continue to put in the hours with the traction device. Look forward to hearing any added feedback. Thanks

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  7. Bloody Hell!! How insensitive are some of these sites!! So there you are merrily clicking links on this page when you are directed to the Size Genetics web site an an autoplay film fires up and a lady in a booming voice (depending, obviously, on your loudspeaker settings) starts discussing Penis Enlargement for all to hear. Can you ever find the SHUT THE F'#K UP button in a hurry. Can you buggery! Imagine you are in a crowded train compartment and this happens to you........... fortunately I wasn't but in the bosom of my family........... still VERY embarrassing.

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    1. I'm really sorry for your embarrassment. I do not have anything on my site that should be too embarrassing, but I can't take responsibility for the audio on links that are referred. I guess this is a great place to let men know to surf the web with discretion in regards to who is around you.

      Thanks for your comment and warning, I hope your family was understanding - Sorry!

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  8. Dear John - thank you so much for your site. I have been on a roller-coaster of despair. I am single and have almost become reclusive as a consequence of my 90-degree non-erection erection. I was even suicidal at one point. It turns out that my father has Peyronies - and there's a fair chance his father had it too, though mine started only a year ago as a few intra-penile lumps before developing into a flat superior penile plaque. I have a notion that excessive masturbation may also be contributory - what do you think? Please could you tell me the name of the traction device you used? I am very keen to start treatment. You have given me hope; thank you. S

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    1. Thank you for your message. I'm sorry for your despair, try to realize that there are other aspects in life that make going forward worthwhile. Suicide is never the right answer or solution. A positive outlook is essential to healing, and I also went through a time of depression and despair. I also had an almost 90 degree bend and sexual intimacy with my wife was impossible for some time. When I became pro-active and began treating this condition, I became positive in my new direction and had a better outlook on life. I began to believe that I would get better, even before I saw any improvement.

      I do not think that masturbation really has any significant contribution to Peyronie's unless damage to the penis is being done. As long as men have existed on this planet they have masturbated. It is just part of the nature of a man, and I remember a friend's dad telling us teenagers that if we admitted it we were fools, if we denied it we were liars. That was many years ago and attitudes have changed. I wouldn't worry too much about that, just try to take it easy and not do any damage.

      The traction device that I used is made by Size Genetics, you can read about it here: http://www.sexuallyhealthyman.com/2010/09/traction-device-comparisons.html
      Also in the article I talk about two other devices that are very similar.

      Thank you for your comment and questions

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  9. You say that by adding increased traction on the one side, is at the one rod you mean? By adjusting it?

    Did you use a regular traction device like SizeGenetics, with a regular white support at its top?

    Have you any experience with an alternative one called Andropeyronie? That uses upper plastic support instead, with the band higher up on the curvy side. It is specifically designed to decrease Peyronies Disease.


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    1. To adjust the tension on a traction device, you can add or lessen the tension on one rod to give a differential tension to help correct curvature. If your curvature was to the right you would add tension to the rod on the right and less on the left to put addition pressure on the plaque which is causing the curvature.

      I have not had any experience with the Adropeyronie, but I have written to the company to receive additional information. I will post a review as soon as I have the info. and am able to put up an article. Thanks for your question.

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  10. Thanks, but I don`t think adjusting the rod on of the sides makes a difference. The plastic support (which is not elastic) prevents it. Using the Andropeyronie I can see a difference with the stretching of the sides of the penis as the band is lower on one of the sides, which also makes the total stretching a bit lower. I think the idea of adjusting the rods is to adjust the tension on both rods at the same time.


    Correct me if I`m wrong.

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    1. Adjusting the tension on one side more than the other does work on the Size Genetics to provide additional tension against the plaque. The plastic support does tilt some on the arms. This worked for me, and I could feel the difference in pressure. The Andropeyronie does look like an effective design to provide additional side leverage with the system of having two holes, so you can adjust the band as well as the rods. I have contacted the company and will be providing more information soon on this traction device.
      Thank you for your comment and information.

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  11. Hi again

    About the pills: It realise it will not fix the curvature alone, but it is said to remove the plaque. In a study a guy got injected Verapamil 4 months before a 6 months usage of the device.
    His penis curved 30 degrees to the left, but his end result was totally straight and had lengthened it with 1,52 cm. Likely, most of the plaque had diminished before he started to use the extender.
    And I assume there was a reason he used the Verapamil before he started with the extender.

    In another study it is also speculated: "A reduction in penile elasticity as a consequence of the reduced content in elastin within the fibrous plaques could explain why Peyronie’s disease patients are less susceptible to the elongating effects of the penile extender [25]."

    Which is why I wonder if it is smarter to remove the plaque first by Serrapeptase and then start using the extender? Robert Redfern worships Serrapeptase and says it only takes some few weeks, and in some cases a few months.

    I have used the extender effectively for 33 days now. 33 days according to how many rods I have put on. I will receive Serrapeptase in a week or 2. If my plaque is removed in 3 weeks from now, that would mean the use of the device with plaque in my penis will be around 2 months by then.

    But then I may have lost 2 months of potential maximum growth for the penis, following a 6-9 month plan, as my growth today probably is limited by the plaque. It is also said that the effectiveness of the use is a process from the start to the end.


    What do you recommend?

    Your curvature was very different to mine as yours was a lateral peyronies disease. You promote to start with the extender / or start with the extender and the pills at the same time. So then I would like to know if your penis became longer as well? If, how much longer? For how long did you use the extender?

    Another thing; how strong did you tighten the band/plastic? Is it correct to have it as tight as possible (making the stretch best as possible) so it becomes painful, but not before close to the end of each session?

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  12. Thank you for so much great information. In answer to your question, I used the traction device, took the enzymes and krill oil and did the topical gel treatment all at the same time. The curvature and retraction from Peyronie's, resulted in a loss of about one inch in my penis length. I recovered all of that with using traction. I did not use it any further for enlargement or enhancement, once I was back to where I was before. I did all 3 phases of treatment together in an attempt to overcome the curvature and be pro-active in my treatment and recovery.

    I do not think that using the extender before the plaque is gone is a waste of time, you are probably right in that it is not as effective due to the non-elastic quality of scar tissue, but I did see steady improvement over time. You may not see maximum results, but the most effective time for successful treatment is in the acute stage, so being pro-active and using traction early, I believe is critical as your best chances of recovery are before the plaque has stabilized and hardened.

    I never used strong pressure with traction and feeling pain, could be inflicting more injury on an already damaged penis. I was always aware of the pressure, but did not increase it to the point of discomfort. I used the extender for around 6 months, the first 3 months I was very consistent and slacked off some the following 3 months and was not quite as consistent - mostly due to my work schedule.

    My wife and I are very happy with the results of the treatment program. Robert Redfern is quite an authority on Serrapeptase. I'm not, but do believe it is a powerful enzyme in scavenging dead tissue and scar tissue. People have asked my why I recommend Dr's. Best and do they pay me? The reason I recommend Dr's Best is that it worked well for me. I do receive a 6% commission from Amazon if a person clicks on the link to Amazon and purchases the products, but I am sure there are many good brands of Serrapeptase. Robert Redfern uses a different brand and protocol than I used. I'm not a doctor and can only speak from my own experience, and what worked for me.

    Thank you again for your great info. and questions. John Parks

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  13. Thank you for your reply.

    I have actually stopped using the extender now, gone 10 days without. I have probably had congenitally curved penis my whole life actually, but I have never thought about it so much as I have seen my shape of my penis as a natural thing. I may developed some PD 3 years ago when I used an extender and got pain and likely a little injury during the use (not careful enough). I realise now that most likely I have both actually.

    I will start to use the device, from scratch again, in 1 - 3 months. I don`t know if this is the best thing to do, it just makes most sense to me and which also was done in the study mentioned in my previous post.

    Quoting the support from my product:

    "If you tighten the silicone band too much the only thing you are going to get is get hurt. It is a common misconception to believe that the tighter the band is the better the stretch will be. But it is a mistake, you will only get hurt if you tighten the band more. Since the pressure is not what determines the stretching, but the traction, and the traction increases as you add rods to the device.

    As long as you add rods correctly as the chart in the manual indicates and as long as you place the band at the base of the glans you will get the results."

    They have also told me that the band shall be tight enough so it doesn`t slip off, but not especially more than that.

    I would like to mention that I think it is not only the plaque that seems to limit the lengthening of the penis when using an extender, but also the curvature itself: when it curves to the left then the left side (which most likely has less tissue) needs to catch up the right side. So if a PD penis gains 2,5 cm in length (which is said to be maximum for a PD), the left side then maybe increases 3-4 cm, while the right side 2-3 cm, as there is less stretch on that side and there is a straightening of the curvature going on at the same time.
    Maximum elongation for a straight penis is said to be around 4 cm.
    The support of my penisextender product has said that the stronger the curvature is, then less maximum elongation is possible due to the curvature itself.

    This seems to be common sense to me.

    What seems to be common for many cases is that there is improvement of the curvatures, for instance: from 45 to 20.
    And it just strikes me; making the plaque to diminish (for instance with Serrapaptase) doesn`t necessarily means that the penis straightens completely. As written above about elongation; there has to be an increase of flesh on the left side to make it align with the other side.
    Lets say only pills and oils are used, removing the plaque. Is there a natural healing process / growth that takes place when the plaque has diminished? And therefore makes the curvature less? Or is it vital to use an extender as well to straighten a penis?

    My main point is that to correct a PD or congenital curved penis, I think there has to be stretching in addition to pills and oils.

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  14. Hi.I am 51 and my peyronies was diagnosed over 8 years ago. It sounds very similar to yours John. Am I still able to use the treatments you recommend given the length of time since diagnosis? Also,as I am British, are you aware of the availability of treatments in the UK - particularly the medical treatments?

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    1. Over 8 years ago, is a long time. The plaque hardens and stabilizes over time, making it more difficult to remove. I read about a study on Heat treatment (Hyperthermia) on hardened scar tissue. The study involved using hot compresses and seeing what would happen to scar tissue. The researcher found that heat made the collagen molecule unwind. For lack of a more descriptive word, he said the molecule became floppy.

      In my own treatment I used a hot wet washcloth to heat the tissue surrounding the plaque. At the time I was thinking it would be useful to increase the circulation to facilitate the topical gel in carrying away and reducing the plaque. I didn't know then that the heat also was helping to soften the plaque and make it more pliable. This approach in my opinion would definitely be worth trying.

      You might want to consult with your doctor about treatment available in the UK. I'm not really sure what is available there. I would inquire about the availability of ultrasonic treatment. This is used to break up kidney stones with a good success history. It is considered experimental treatment for Peyronie's, but makse sense to use in breaking up a stable and hardened plaque. This type of treatment helps to break up the scar, but does not remove it. That is where heat treatment and the topical gel would help to reduce the smaller fragments.


      I will let you know about any other options that I find or hear about in the UK, in the near future.

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    2. Thanks John. So are you suggesting it is not advisable to use an extender until the plaque has been softened either through heat treatment or ultrasonic treatment?

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    3. If ultrasonic treatment is available, I would wait to do traction until after it was complete. If it is not available, I personally would use traction, heat and topical gel together. Once the plaque is softened, I would also begin a regimen of enzymes to help the blood scavenge the fibrin and collagen. Serrapeptase and Nattokinase are probably not all the effective on an age hardened and stable plaque, but once it is broken up or softened, then would be a good time to add that part to a treatment program.

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  15. Hello John. Thanks so much for all of this important information! I have been diagnosed with Peyronies and I'm wondering exactly how long you wore the device every day? Perhaps I missed that section here. But that bit of info would help me decide how to proceed.

    Thanks,
    Charles Brown

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    1. Thank you Charles for your question, When I started traction, I wore the device for around 6 hours and this was too much, at least for me and I had to back off some. I then wore it between 2 and 3 hours a day and increased the time with my comfort level. It is really important, not to set the tension on the side rods too high, as you do not want to cause further damage. Start off with light tension and shorter intervals to time at the beginning. The other thing that I did, was increase the length of the rod on one side to provide more tension against the plaque/scar on that side. The scar tissue is not pliable and resists stretching, so it is important to increase tension on one side more than the other.

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  16. I have always had some congenital downwards curvature, but it has never been significant enough to worry me or interfere with sexual performance. However, at age 67 I had a major surgery (two months ago now). I was catheterized during the first few days of recovery. After a few weeks of recovery, I noticed that my erect curvature had increased quite significantly. I am not at all happy about this. Also, it seems at the base of the penis there is a kind of narrowing of girth (someone referred to this as an "hourglass" symptom).

    Could the catheterization of only a few days have caused this apparent scarring and deformity?

    Also you have described tensioning the rods more on one side to apply more traction to the "short" side as I understand it. Can the traction devices do this with a curvature that is downwards, as opposed to left or right?

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    1. The catheter could possibly have caused some injury and bleeding which could affect the deformity, but usually scarring occurs in the Tunica Albuginea, which is the sheath that encases the erectile tissue. You should talk with your doctor and set an appointment for an exam to determine what is going on and the possible causes.

      Setting the tension rods to apply more traction to the short side works well for left or right curvature. For upward or downward curvature the traction device must use equal pressure on both sides, it can be turned 90 degrees and worn that way, but the strap and holding device hold the penis in such a way that it limits directional traction in those directions.

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  17. Hi John, Firstly thank you for all your information it is very helpful. I have recently been diagnosed with Peyronie's Disease and have an appointment to see urologist in May 2015. Before coming across your site I done some research and read that a traction device is helpful at treating this disease, I have ordered one and from seeing your other suggestions would like to try this too.. My dilemma at the moment is whether I should self treat at all before seeing urologist? I'm also wondering if like yourself I'm likely to be given the injections as part of my treatment. Can I still follow your treatment plan along side this. I note you found the injections useless but I'm wondering if done together it may have some benefit. Any advice appreciated.. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you for your question, and if I were in your shoes, and had to wait 2 1/2 months to see a urologist, I would not waste any time in beginning a self treatment program. You are already well on your way with the traction device that you have already purchased. If you want to order the ingredients for the topical gel and supplements, you can still start off with traction and hot compresses, immediately to get a head start. Here is a link to a study on combination therapies by Dr. Larson: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21918530

      In the study they found that using a combination of treatment protocols was much more effective in treating Peyronie's than just one protocol alone. Verapamil injections alone have kind of a dismal track record, but does seem to be more effective when used in combination with other methods. The best time to treat Peyronie's is in the early acute stage of disease, before the plaque has hardened or calcified. Of course you have to decide what you are comfortable with. At the end of the day, it is your penis and not your urologists. If he is not pro-active enough, or just goes with the wait and see what happens method, you are the one that has the most to lose. If the problem resolves itself in the next two and half months, you will definitely be ahead of the game, and save yourself a lot of anxiety and get off of the emotional roller coaster sooner, rather than later.

      Best wishes for your complete recovery,
      John Parks

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  18. Hi John,

    First of all thank you for providing all of this information. I'm 35 years old and notice a curvature increase near end of erection about one month ago. I quickly went to about 30 degree bend and then developed an indentation on the right side near the bend. I cannot see urologist until May1st and was wondering which if any treatments is should do in the interim. The staff at the urology office advised no action until i see Dr.; however, it is difficult for me to sit idle. I have ordered all oral and topical supplements and will begin immediately upon arrival as i don;t think it could do any harm. Do you think I should also begin traction therapy before initial consultation with Dr or will it be okay to wait given how early it is in my diagnosis? Based on initial conversation with staff at urology office I have a feeling that the Dr. administers Xiaflex injections. Thanks for your help and insight.

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  19. Hello John, and thank you for the helpful information you have provided. I've been using the size genetics for about 8 months now, and if anything the curvature seems to have got worse. My curvature is an upward one. Now my simple question is, which side of my penis do I have the silicone strap?

    I have been using it with the silicone strap on the top.... Ironically making the head of my penis curve upwards, when tightened!

    Looking at many videos, images etc... This method seemed like the correct way to straighten an upward curve. Should I now try attaching the silicone hose below my penis?

    Thanks in advance.

    Matt

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    1. When using a traction device, you should pull or put traction in the opposite direction of the curve. So in my case, the curvature was to the right, so I adjusted the rod on the right side longer to pull it in a left ward direction. In your case, with an upward curve your traction should pull your penis downward. The plaque is a scar or build up of hardened collagen. This material is not pliable and resists stretching. If you use traction on the healthy side of the penis, it will stretch the healthy tissue and make it grow, which would increase the curve. Traction should always pull against the plaque or scar to help remodel and break down this non-pliable tissue. Upward and downward curves are harder to compensate for with traction. Try and turn the device around so that the strap is on the opposite side and then see if it provides traction downward. You will want to pull against the plaque only and not the rest of the penis, if possible. Thank you for your question, I hope this is helpful for you.

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  20. Hi John, I have always had a curve in the centre of my penis which I was not too bothered about but about 2 years ago I had a sexual encounter which resulted in the top of my penis being bent about 45 degrees. I was in pain for about 2 weeks after and I then noticed the curvature in my penis. I approached my Doctor a year after I noticed the curvature as it looked disgusting and was sore when I got an erection and being a gay man I felt inadequate so I decided enough was enough. My Doctor referred me to a Urologist - 1 year later I am still waiting for an appointment and it seems it could be another year before I will see this Urologist.

    I have just purchased the AndroPeyronie, should be delivered soon, and am hoping for some positive results with this. I have researched as best I can but am worried I will do more harm than good with this traction device but am desperate to try something rather than wait another 12 months for an appointment where maybe noting will happen with the Urologist !!!!!

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    1. I looked at the IV therapy website and it is a very interesting concept. The skin/collagen drip is for damaged skin and scars. It may cause a problem with treating PD, because there is a danger of a possible autoimmune build up of collagen in men with PD. PD has similarities to Scleroderma, where the body produces too much collagen and it builds up where you don't want it.

      Peyronie's differs from Atherosclerosis, that is treated with bypass surgery or angioplasty. The PD plaque/scar builds up in an area of low blood flow. (Hypovascularity) The scar tissue is inelastic and rigid, and when it adheres to the elastic tissue of the Tunica Albugenea it causes the Tunica to bend around the scar, which causes penis curvature. That is the reason that plaque excision surgery goes through the side of the penis, instead of using a less invasive surgical approach. If you have heard of anybody using IV therapy successfully please let me know. Thank you for your comment

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