Erectile Dysfunction

What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

Many men struggle with impotence, the inability to attain or maintain an erection that is satisfactory for both partners. If you suffer from impotence, also called erectile dysfunction, you are not alone. The American Foundation for Urologic Disorders estimates that impotence affects nearly 20 million men in the United States.

Whatever the reason for your erectile dysfunction, there are methods to treat it.

Treatment Options 

Medications

Oral drugs such as Viagra, Cialis or Levitra can be taken before sexual intercourse. These drugs are designed to improve blood flow to the penis.

Vacuum therapy

The vacuum is regarded as the safest treatment for impotence. Success rates as high as 90% are reported. The vacuum instrument is placed over the penis, and the vacuum pulls blood into the penis. A rubber ring is slipped over the penis to help maintain the erection. The ring is removed after intercourse.

Injection therapy

An injectable compounded medication, Trimix, can be injected with a small needle into the side of the penis at the time of sexual activity and achieve satisfactory erection 90% of the time. Our Nurse Practitioner will provide you with in-office training if it is determined to be the best treatment for you. The injected drugs do have a small potential of producing an erection that last longer than 4 hours, which requires emergency medical attention.

Penile Implants

Penile implants are typically a last resort, because it is the most complex and expensive treatment. The implant can be inflated and deflated by working a pump implanted in the scrotum. The advantage of this type is that it is more concealed when deflated and can be larger and more rigid when inflated. We will do a thorough benefits investigation with your insurance prior to this procedure as it is not covered by all insurances.