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4 Common Penile Conditions

Just like any other organ, your penis can succumb to specific conditions, diseases, or injuries that require specialized care.

That care can be found at the practice of Dr. Robert Cornell, a board-certified urologist who focuses on the many problems that face a man’s health. From erectile dysfunction to Peyronie’s disease, here’s a look at the four most common penis disorders or diseases and how we treat them.

1. Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common problem with a prevalence rate of about 52% among men in the United States. In the simplest of terms, ED is a condition in which you have trouble achieving and/or maintaining an erection.

What isn’t as simple are the many drivers of this problem, which can include:

To treat ED, we first identify the source of the problem and figure out whether spot medications or lifestyle changes can help restore normal sexual function. If not, we offer effective and long-lasting solutions with penile implants.

2. Peyronie’s disease

This disease is a condition in which scar tissue called plaque builds up underneath the skin of your penis. In most cases (70%), the adhesions develop on the top side of your penis, which can cause it to curve upward. 

Plaque can also develop on the underside or all the way around, which pulls your penis in the direction where there’s plaque buildup. As the disease progresses, it may alter the shape of your penis and become painful when you have an erection.

Depending upon the degree of your Peyronie’s disease, there are several ways we can go about treating the problem. In the earlier stages, we can try medications and injections, but if the plaque begins to calcify, we can go in surgically to remove the tissue. As well, penile implants can play a role in Peyronie's disease by re-establishing the shape of your penis.

3. Priapism

This condition, which is marked by a painful erection that lasts for four hours or more, is divided into two categories:

Low-flow priapism is a medical emergency and you should seek help right away to have the blood drained from your penis.

With high-flow priapism, we can treat the problem by blocking the main artery to your penis. In many cases, you may not opt for treatment since the problem doesn’t pose many risks. 

4. Balanitis

At the head of your penis is your glans, which includes your foreskin. If this tissue becomes inflamed or infected, it’s called balanitis. This inflammation typically occurs in boys or men who are not circumcised, as they have additional skin around the head of their penises that traps debris and germs.

To treat balanitis, we typically turn to antibiotics and topical creams. Moving forward, it’s imperative that you clean the head of your penis properly and regularly to avoid a recurrence.

If you’re suffering from one of the penile conditions above or another problem, the first step is to contact our office in Houston, Texas, to set up an appointment. You can call us or use the online booking tool here on the website.

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