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Erectile Dysfunction

  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection long enough for satisfactory sexual performance. Sexual desire and the ability to have an orgasm and ejaculate may occur despite the inability to achieve or maintain an erection.

    ED is often an early warning sign of cardiac problems because vessels affect the blood flow to the penis. It may predate atherosclerosis by a few years.

    Diagnosis

    If you have ED, your doctor will perform a physical examination evaluating the following:

    • Abdomen
    • Penis
    • Testicles
    • Digital rectal examination (DRE)

    Treatment

    Surgery:

    • Implantation of a malleable rod prosthesis or inflatable prosthesis in the penis/
    • Vascular reconstruction surgery to improve blood flow to the penis or reduce blood leakage/

    Nonsurgical treatments:

    • Medications
    • PDE5 inhibitors
    • sildenafil
    • tadalafil
    • Vardenafil Hydrochloride
    • Stendra
    • alprostadil
    • intraurethral suppositories
    • Intracavernous injection with alprostadil, papaverine, or phentolamine or combinations
    • Vacuum erection devices or vacuum constriction devices
    • Trazodone
    • Herbal therapies including yohimbine

    Preventative measures:

    • Physician will check for underlying causes such as obesity, smoking or blood pressure.
    • Lifestyle modifications such as avoiding smoking, maintaining ideal body weight and engaging in regular exercise might either prevent or reverse ED.

    Symptoms

    • Inability to start or maintain an erection long enough for sexual activity.
    • Develop gradually and persistently.
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    American College of Surgeons 
    American Urologic Association (AUA) 

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