Erectile Dysfunction Treatment in Hartford Connecticut
ED treatment options1
Whatever is causing your ED, there is a treatment option that can provide a satisfying solution. If you try one of the treatment options listed and it doesn’t work for you or you aren’t completely satisfied, don’t be discouraged and give up hope. These treatment options have varying degrees of success for each man depending on the cause of the ED. Irreversible vessel or nerve damage may impact the success of some of these treatments. For example, oral medications don’t work well for some men.2 In fact, half of men who try oral medications give up on the pills or they stop working.3 It’s important to know all of your available options and discuss them with your doctor to determine which will be appropriate for you and your lifestyle.
|Oral medications: There are a number of prescription medications available that may improve blood flow to the penis. Combined with sexual stimulation, this can produce an erection.|
Vacuum erection devices: A hollow plastic tube is placed over the penis and a pump (hand/battery-powered) is used to create a vacuum that pulls blood into the penis. Once an erection is achieved, an elastic tension ring is placed at the base of the penis to help maintain the erection.
Penile implants: A device is implanted into the penis that is intended to allow a man with ED to have an erection. The device is entirely contained in the body so no one is able to see it and is controlled by the user to achieve an erection. This treatment is designed to allow for spontaneity and the erection is maintained for as long as the man desires.
Injections: With injection therapy, a needle is used to inject medication directly into the penis. The medication allows blood to flow into the penis, creating an erection.
Intraurethral suppositories: An applicator
1. Erectile dysfunction (ED). American Urological Association. www.auanet.org/content/ education-and-meetings/med-stu-curriculum/ed.pdf. Accessed January 21, 2013.
2. Walsh TJ, Hotaling JM, Smith A, et al. Men with diabetes may require more aggressive treatment for erectile dysfunction. Int J Impot Res. 2014 May-Jun;26(3):112-5.
3. Matthew AG, Goldman A, Trachtenberg J, et al. Sexual dysfunction after radical prostatectomy: prevalence, treatments, restricted use of treatments and distress. J Urol. 2005 Dec;174(6):2105-10.
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What treatment might I receive for erectile dysfunction?
When you have an underlying health condition, your treatment begins with the best plan to deal with that problem. Otherwise, Dr. Pregenzer offers a variety of options for directly treating ED, including:
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved several medications that produce an erection by increasing blood flow, including: Sildenafil (Viagra®) Tadalafil (Cialis®) Vardenafil (Levitra®) Avanafil (Stendra®) These medications only cause an erection in response to sexual stimulation.
If you don’t respond to oral medications, you may get better results with alprostadil, a medication that causes an erection when you inject it into your penis.
This treatment uses alprostadil in the form of a tiny pellet that you place in your urethra. Using a urethral suppository may be a good option if you’re not comfortable with injecting yourself.
Inflatable penile implant
Dr. Pregenzer has extensive experience performing penile implant procedures and is well-known for his expertise in implanting the inflatable prosthesis. During your procedure, he places two cylinders inside your penis and a pump in your scrotum. When you want to have sexual intercourse, you press the pump, which fills the cylinders with fluid and causes an erection.
Rigid penile implant
Rigid implants are bendable cylinders that Dr. Pregenzer implants in your penis. You turn the cylinder upward when you want to have sex and leave them turned down the rest of the time.
Vacuum erection device
The vacuum erection device is a cylinder with a pump on one end and an elastic ring on the other. You place the device over your penis, use the pump to create a vacuum that boosts blood flow and causes an erection, and then slip the ring onto the base of your penis. The ring maintains your erection for up to 30 minutes.
Low-intensity shockwave therapy
If your erectile dysfunction is caused by an inadequate blood supply to your penis, low-intensity shockwave therapy may help by stimulating blood flow and triggering new blood vessel growth.
If you have erectile dysfunction and want to restore your sex life, call Gerard Pregenzer Urology or book an appointment online.