This is a condition that affects males from birth. This condition causes a curvature of the penis during an erection and is often noticed from an early age. Unlike Peyronie’s disease, there is no scar tissue and so, the condition does not alter or change over time. This is a rate condition and it is thought that less than 1% of men experience penile curvature. When the problem is congenital, it simply means that men are born with the condition, which makes it different from Peyronie’s disease.
To diagnose a congenital curvature of the penis, your doctor with discuss with you your medical and sexual history. This is usually enough to determine a diagnosis of the condition. In some cases, an examination will be required while the penis is erect. This can be achieved through an injection of vasoactive drugs which cause the patient to have an erection.
In male patients the most noticeable symptom is a curve in the shape of the penis during an erection. This would be a problem that would have been present for as long as the patient can remember. Often, it is recognised during puberty or early adulthood. In some cases, it can cause pain but can also cause problems relating to sexual intercourse.
The reconstruction procedure to treat congenital curvature of the penis requires the surgeon to expose the body of the penis. This is performed to shorten the side of the penis opposite the curvature so that it compliments the other side. As soon as the procedure has been carried out, the penis will be straighter during erection and will enable patients to lead a sexually active lifestyle without problems. The treatment is commonly carried out as a day case. However, the penis may not be completely straight and curvatures can recur.