Men Have Options for ED Treatment
Men experiencing erectile dysfunction have choices when it comes to treatments. There are a wide variety of treatment options available and your urologist will work with you to find just the right one for you. Among these options, penile implant surgery has become a treatment of choice for thousands of men with ED.
Which treatment is right for you?
Penile prostheses, or penile implants, have the highest satisfaction rates of any ED treatment option with around a 98% satisfaction rate. These require a minimally invasive surgical procedure which can be performed on an outpatient basis in one of Chesapeake Urology’s ambulatory surgery centers.
Chesapeake Urology’s penile implant team is specially-trained with extensive experience in male sexual health and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Penile implants, once considered a “last resort” for men living with erectile dysfunction, is now a treatment of choice due to its excellent outcomes and restoration of a man’s sexual health and vitality.
There are a number of popular oral medications on the market to treat erectile dysfunction including Sildenafil (Viagra) and Tadalafil (Cialis). These medications work by increasing the blood flow to the penis so that a man can become aroused and erect when sexually stimulated. They are typically taken 30 to 60 minutes before sex. Side effects can include facial flushing, heartburn, and headache. ED medications are not recommended for men who take oral nitrates for heart disease.
Injection therapy requires the man to inject medication directly into the penis. The medicine relaxes the blood vessels and allows for increased blood flow into the penis, creating an erection. Penile injections are typically fast-acting. However, men have reported bleeding, discomfort, or scarring at the injection site. In rare cases, if an erection is painful or lasts longer than two hours, it’s important to seek medical care.
Energy Wave Therapy
Energy Wave Therapy is a newer, non-invasive treatment for ED that uses the application of low-frequency sound waves to increase blood flow to the penis. A special treatment wand used on the penis triggers revascularization, a process in which new blood vessels form. By improving blood flow to the penis, men may achieve a natural erection. Treatment is once a week for about 6 weeks. Not every man is a candidate and results are variable.
Vacuum Erection Devices
These devices are plastic cylinders that are placed around the penis, increasing blood flow. A pump creates vacuum suction within the cylinder. Pumping the air out of the cylinder draws blood into the penis to create an erection. Then, a constrictive band is placed at the base of the penis to maintain the erection. While effective, some men complain that the erection feels artificial and the quality of the erection is less than desired.
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