Marina del Rey Hospital's well-trained urology specialists will evaluate patients with erectile dysfunction and advise an individualized treatment plan. There are several medical management and surgical treatment approaches to treat erectile dysfunction. The treatment that best suits your condition depending upon the cause is chosen.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) also known as impotence is the persistent disability to get an erection which is sufficient enough to have sexual intercourse or inability to maintain an erection till the end of the sexual intercourse. Treating an underlying cause at the right time will reverse the erectile dysfunction.
Surgical treatment for erectile dysfunction will be chosen only if other medications are ineffective. Surgery is the last option and used in the most severe conditions. The recovery time differs and the success rates are high.
Surgical options to treat erectile dysfunction include the following:
Each procedure has its own advantages as well as drawbacks.
As much as 9 in 10 men derive satisfaction with this procedure and it is permanent. Men who are candidates for implant surgery include:
There are 2 types of penile implants: inflatable and non-inflatable.
Inflatable: it has 2 rods and it would be filled with a fluid from a reservoir located near the bladder and a pump is placed in the scrotum. After the rods get filled with fluid, the erection of the penis is achieved. The main advantage of this type of implant is that when the rods have no fluid, it will fully deflate the penis and makes the implant unnoticeable. Generally, it remains functional for around 7-10 years. There are 2 types of inflatable implants:
Advantages of a fully inflatable implant include:
Disadvantages of a fully inflatable implant include:
Advantages of a self-contained inflatable implant are:
Disadvantages of a self-contained inflatable unitary implant include:
These implants are improving and becoming more reliable. The life period of these implants is about 10 years, maximum life period is 25 years. In both cases, an incision is made under the penis where the penis and scrotum meet. A pump is placed near the scrotum (right or left side) in an inflatable implant.
Advantages of malleable rod implants are:
The major disadvantages of malleable rod implants are:
In healthy men who have blood vessel damage due to pelvic injury, erectile dysfunction can be corrected with the artery repair surgery by bypass method. The vascular reconstructive surgical procedure improves blood flow and it bypasses the blocked arteries or veins.
Advantages of artery repair surgery:
Disadvantages of artery repair surgery are:
The symptoms of erectile dysfunction include:
Various risk factors can contribute to erectile dysfunction, including:
There are many possible causes for ED including:
Herbal Remedies: these herbs and supplements have been shown to have different degrees of success for the treating ED:
Acupuncture: studies on acupuncture are limited and inconclusive. It may help in treating psychological ED. While selecting an acupuncturist, look for a certified practitioner who follows U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines.
If a person reduces the chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension, it will, in turn, reduce the chances of developing ED. A healthy diet, quitting smoking, exercising daily also decrease the possibility of developing ED.
Are you suffering from erectile dysfunction? For any questions, information or guidance related to erectile dysfunction treatment, get in touch with our specialty-trained physicians at Marina del Rey Hospital.