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Congenital Penile Curvature

Congenital curvature of the penis with erection is typically called “chordee”. The penis typically bends down.

Patients who have had a life-long bend of the penis have no pain with erection. However, erections that are bent more than 15 degrees can make it difficult to penetrate during intercourse, and some women complain of discomfort or pain from the abnormal bend.

Chordee repair requires a surgical approach where permanent sutures are placed to straighten the erect penis. The out-patient surgery typically takes an hour. Risks to erection quality is remote to nil. Success of chordee repair approaches 95%.

Chordee is not to be confused with Peyronie’s disease, which is an acquired bend of the penis, that typically presents late in life.