Chordee is a penile condition whereby the head of the penis is bent or curved, usually in a vertical direction. It’s different to Peyronie’s disease, as Peyronie’s is characterised by a bend or curve in the shaft of the penis, as opposed to the head. Chordee is most evident during an erection. The urinary opening is usually on the underside of the penis in men who suffer with Chordee. This is known as hypospadias.
The cause of chordee is not 100% known and could be down to congenital abnormalities, or some men will notice the deformity when they become sexually mature. There are some other developmental problems that can lead to Chordee, such as skin tethering on the underside of the penis causing the head to bend downwards, and scar tissue developing around the urethra. Unlike Peyronie’s disease, there is usually no pain but may cause some discomfort during sex.
The most common treatment is surgery, but it’s at its most effective when carried out before the age of 2. But often Chordee isn’t detected until adolescents. Surgery can still be carried out, but it may not be quite as effective, and there’s the risk of penis shrinkage post-surgery. But with the use of a penis traction device such as the MaleEdge penis extender, this risk of penis shrinkage can be avoided. Find out more about how penis traction works here. The MaleEdge extender can be used as an assistive device to ensure a longer, straighter result after surgery to treat Chordee.