It is estimated that over 30 million U.S. men experience erectile dysfunction, or ED. Erectile dysfunction is simply defined as the inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. This can mean a complete inability to become erect, or an inconsistent erectile experience, or an erection can be achieved but too brief for performance.
Today, there are many appropriate and effective treatments for ED, and I offer a full range of therapies. It is essential, of course, to obtain a correct diagnosis of the cause. When the cause is identified, a course of treatments can begin that will hopefully result in satisfaction for the patient and his partner.
I explain to patients that the medical standard of care in treating ED is to progress gradually in a stepped treatment protocol. In other words, we take one step at a time until success is achieved, or until we find that the treatments were not effective. As with other medical conditions, it does not make sense to overtreat ED if a relatively simple solution such as oral medication or a vacuum erection device proves satisfactory.
Sometimes, however, all treatment strategies have been exhausted without success. In this case, I discuss with the patient the option of surgically implanting a device that substitutes for a natural erection created by blood flow to the penis.
Penile implantation requires a surgical procedure, and the device is then left in place permanently. There are two types of penile implant devices:
- A flexible rod, or
- An inflatable implant
Both enable men with ED to have an erection for sexual intercourse. As long as the patient was experiencing orgasm before implantation, he will still be able to have orgasms (unless there is a medical problem that interferes with climax). He and his partner can experience the joys of sex again. The difference between the two types of implant is that the flexible rod implants produce a permanently firm penis, while the inflatable type produces a controlled, more natural erection.
Most insurance covers penile implants, and our office will work with you so you know exactly what to expect. For men who have tried various therapies to overcome ED, and have not found success with them, it is worthwhile to come in and see me to explore whether a penile implant might be right for you. Patients who have implants report a high degree of satisfaction and happiness, and a conversation with me is the first step to regaining your manhood.
For more information, visit our Erectile Dysfunction Guide
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- Medications & Devices in ED Treatments
- Treating Erectile Dysfunction with Penile Implant (Penile Prosthesis)
- Causes and Treatment for Male Impotence
- Coloplast Alpha One Penile Implant Surgery
- A Four-Minute Video Can Save Your (Sex) Life
- Erectile Dysfunction Overview
- Profile: A Man Who Chose A Penile Implant
- Overcoming Erectile Dysfunction Surgically
- Exercise and Men Sexual Health
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