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Is traction therapy safe for men with Peyronie's disease?

Peyronie's Question

Hey Birgir,

I purchased the andropeyronie traction device about a month ago.. I've done a ton of research online since purchasing and read terrible things about traction devices and penis extenders. You're website is the only place I've read where they claim to be safe and medically approved. In your story u say the traction device cured your disease... I'm just very sketchy and weary about trying the device and scared it might potentially cause more harm than good.

Any advice or informative info on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks a lot,

Depressed because of Peyronie's disease

My Peyronie's Answer

Thank you for your question. An interesting one.

I know I'm not the only one that consider traction to be safe (low risk) option for men with Peyronie's. But I may be one of few saying it under my real name.

And this is the problem with forums and many websites, i.e. you don't always know who is behind them. I'm not saying there always is, but it can be hidden agenda behind any claims made on-line. Especially those that are made anonymously and without proper Disclaimer. I have actually written articles about how to avoid scams, and the pros and cons of forums that may be helpful read at this point.

But first, what does “medically approved” mean when it comes to traction devices. Unfortunately, this is a bit of a minefield. There is no universal certificate that gives product the medically approved stamp. But this article discusses what is good to have in mind when choosing traction device to treat medical condition like Peyronie's disease.

There are number of studies available about the efficiency and safety of using traction devices. I link to some of them in my article about traction therapy, plus touch upon the potential side effects and risk. It includes link to the most recent review of current scientific literature that I'm aware of but it concludes that traction therapy "appears to be safe and well tolerated" for men with Peyronie's disease.

And many reputable specialists in Peyronie's disease use traction devices as part of their recommended non-surgical treatment for Peyronie's. Including Dr. Levine one of the best known PD specialists in the world today (I recommend watching his video mentioned in the article).

Other doctors that use traction devices as part of their non-surgical treatment plan for men with Peyronie's disease include Dr. Grossman, Dr. Hellstrom and Dr. Khera. Some others, like Dr. Perito and Dr. Ralph, prefer to use vacuum therapy (still applies traction but is actually more risky for men with Peyronie's than traction device).

As Dr. Levine points out it is important to follow the instructions correctly but in his opinion traction therapy is considered safe for men with Peyronie's disease. ALL Peyronie's treatments include some level of risk but in my mind traction therapy is one of the safest, as well as one of the least invasive and cheapest treatment options.

It would require reputable reliable published scientific study showing that traction therapy is not considered safe (low risk) treatment for men with Peyronie's to make me personally reconsider. If you are aware of any, can you please send me the links?

Can you also send me the links to those articles that you find most convincing about the risk of using traction devices and penis extenders? I'm interested in looking at the support for those claims and who are making them.

I hope this is of some help but if there is anything else I may be able to assist you with, just be in touch. But at the end of the day, every man has to make his own decision about which treatment to go for, or not. I'm trying to help men make it an educated decision.

As said before, all treatments include some level of risk and this article compares the most common Peyronie's treatment today, including potentials risk and side effects.

I wish you all the best with your treatment.

Kind regards,

Birgir

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