The most common reasons to seek evaluation and treatment for PD are:
To determine whether non-surgical treatment options are right for managing your PD, your doctor will:
The deformity of the penis is affecting your sexual function.
The deformity is negatively impacting your self-image.
If you live in a rural area and don’t have access to a local urologist.
Evaluate the severity of your symptoms
Assess the degree of your penile curvature
Determine whether your PD is in the acute or chronic phase
Your urologist may use what’s called a penile Doppler ultrasound to assess the degree of penile deformity with your erection, to assess blood flow related to the erection, and to determine at the type of scar tissue on your penis. If your PD is in the acute phase — the early stages of the condition, up to anywhere from two weeks to 12 months after the scar or deformity starts — there are non-surgical treatments that can prevent the condition from getting worse and help address the pain and discomfort it causes.
Even if you’re in the chronic phase of the condition, if the curve or bend in your penis is the only noticeable symptom, non-surgical treatments could still help.