Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a medical term that describes the inability to achieve and or maintain an erect penis adequate for sexual function. This condition is one of the most common sexual problems for men and increases with age. It is estimated between 15 to 30 million American men suffer from ED, although not all men are equally distressed by the problem.
Erectile Dysfunction can be:
As a result of recent medical research, it is now known that more than 80% of men suffering from E.D. can trace its origin to a physical problem or disorder
Trouble having or maintaining an erection
Most doctors will ask many questions to try and diagnose why you might be experiencing erectile dysfunction. Some ways to help diagnose this may include:
Treatments will vary depending on the cause of your erectile dysfunction. All decisions regarding your best option for treating E.D. should be made between you and your physician, with consideration given to your individual needs and the pros and cons of each treatment options.
The treatment options include:
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Dr. William F. Flanagan M.D. is recognized as an expert in treating Erectile Dysfunction by Coloplast Men’s Health. GHS Regional Urology is the only center in the state of South Carolina that has been given a Center of Excellence designation for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
Dr. Blake Wynia completed his medical training at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, followed by a residency at New York University in New York, NY, and a Fellowship in Andrology and Male Genitourinary Reconstruction from Albany Medical College, Albany, NY. Dr. Wynia is now seeing patients at Regional Urology.
He specializes in male infertility, hypogonadism, erectile dysfunction, peyronie’s disease, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and nephrolithiasis.
DON’T blame yourself.
DO your homework.
DON’T approach the issue with negative emotions.
DO open the lines of communication.
DON’T tell him that his E.D. doesn’t matter.
Drugs for treating erectile dysfunction can be taken orally, injected directly into the penis, or inserted into the urethra at the tip of the penis. The most commonly known drug on the market today is Viagra®.
There are several prescription medications that claim to help patients
Some patients may experience side effects, including:
Some men may be able to gain an erection by self-injecting drugs into the penis, causing it to become engorged with blood.
The advantage of injection therapy is:
Potential side effects of injection therapy include:
Injections are shown to have a long-term dropout rate of 37% – 76%1 . Reasons for dropping out of drug therapy include:
Other treatment options for Erectile Dysfunction
Your doctor can provide you with specific details about the pros and cons of each of the following treatments:
Some men find that the treatment options listed above are not suitable for them due to medical conditions, lifestyles, personal preference, or the treatment option may be ineffective. In this case, a penile implant may be an appropriate option.
The penis has two chambers inside it called the corpora cavernosa. These chambers extend from the head of your penis deep into the pelvis. The insides of these chambers are made of spongy tissue and have the ability to gain blood volume and grow in size.
During your daily activities, the arteries that supply blood to the penis are only partially open, to allow enough blood flow to keep your tissue healthy.
When you experience sexual stimulation, the brain sends signals to trigger a hormonal response that allows those same arteries to open completely.
Those open arteries allow more blood to enter the corpora cavernosa faster than the blood can leave through the veins. As the corpora cavernosa fill and grow in size, the veins get compressed, trapping blood in the penis, causing it to get stiff. This chain reaction continues until you achieve and maintain an erection.
When your brain stops sending signals, the hormones diminish and your arteries go back to their normal state.
E.D. problems begin when our brain doesn’t send enough or any signals, when the blood flow is inadequate, or when erectile tissue is damaged.
1) Sexual stimulation and excitement cause the brain, nerves, heart, blood vessels and hormones to work together to produce a rapid increase in the amount of blood flowing to the penis.
2) The blood becomes trapped and held in the two spongy chambers in the shaft of the penis.
3) As the chambers rapidly fill with blood, they expand, and the penis becomes firm and elongated. The result is an erection.
A penile implant is a device that is placed into a man’s body and is designed to help him get an erection. Get the facts on an alternative long-term treatment, that is covered by many insurance plans, which allows an erection as often as you like, for as long as you wish.
There are two basic types of penile implants:
Both enable men with erectile dysfunction to have a satisfactory erection for sexual intercourse and to experience the joys of sex again. You should be able to have an orgasm with a penile implant if you were able to have one before your surgery, unless you have another medical problem that affects it. Consult your physician about this. The primary difference between the two implant types is that flexible rod implants (the Genesis) produce a permanently firm penis, while the inflatable implants (the Titan) produce a controlled, more natural erection.
Some facts about Coloplast’s penile implants:
The Coloplast Titan Touch inflatable penile implant is a self-contained, fluid-filled system made from Bioflex and silicone. Bioflex is a supple, durable biopolymer material.
The Titan Touch inflatable penile implant offers a dependable method of restoring sexual function.
Patient satisfaction rates
Mechanical reliability rates
Lifetime replacement policy
Frequently asked questions
Will I lose any length after getting a penile implant?
Will I be able to have spontaneous erections with a penile implant?
What is the recovery time?
Is the cost of a penile implant covered by insurance?
What makes the Genesis® and Titan® Touch different?
Are there risks associated with the penile implant?
Will anyone notice that I have an implant?
Can I have an orgasm with a penile implant?