Is it possible I was injured during catheterization and this caused my Peyronie's disease?

Hello, I developed curvature a few months after back surgery. Prior to the back surgery I had no urological problems. The night of my back surgery, I could not void and had to be catheterized. The nurse made several attempts with a disposable “cath” then opted for a foley. It took a couple of tries to get in but she was finally successful.

My question is if it is possible I was injured during my back surgery by improper positioning or is it more likely that the multiple attempts to “cath” me was the culprit or neither of these and Peyronie's disease was inevitable.


Of course, as the saying goes, “anything is possible.”   You might have been made to lie face down in a strange position with your body weight resting squarely on your bent penis for a long time, resulting in tissue damage that developed into Peyronies.  Could be, I suppose – but I rather doubt it.

It is also possible that you are genetically predisposed, and it was simply your time to develop Peyronie's disease without any obvious provocation at all.   Perhaps you are taking a statin drug, a beta blocker or Propecia, and your current problem with a curved penis is just a drug reaction.

Given the story that you relate about the nurse struggling to insert the catheter up your urethra, based on the information you have related, in my opinion it is far more likely and reasonable that during your repeated catheterization attempts is when your actual injury took place that lead to your Peyronie's problem.  For more information see Possible Peyronie's disease cause – Catheter and cystoscope trauma.  In my work with the Peyronie's Disease Institute I speak and write to many men with some frequency who report the same kind of story with the same end result. 

I suppose you could think back to the time when all of this was going on to remember if there were clues when the nurse was having a difficult time for clues to help you decide how it happened: if the nurse seemed to be rushing, if the nurse said something about pushing hard or jamming the tube up your urethra, or if it is now apparent somehow that direct force was being used.  Anything like that would give support to the idea your urethra, corpora cavernosa and tunica albuginea were injured while all of these repeated attempts were being made.

Regardless of how it happened, the real pressing question is what are you going to do about the fact that you have Peyronies now?  Many men have used the ideas and suggestions found on this PDI website to increase their natural ability to recover from Peyronie's disease.  To learn more about how you might be able to  eventually increase your ability to heal this problem, please go to recovery over Peyronie's disease.

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If I can help you in any way, please let me know.  TRH