Whether caused by vascular disease, diabetes, prostate surgery, or psychological issues, Erectile Dysfunction (ED), commonly referred to as impotence, is a challenging condition for men to address and overcome. Fortunately, the onset of Erectile Dysfunction does not have to mark the end to an active sex life. With today’s advances in urologic medicine and treatment, males suffering from urology problems such as male impotence have options. The Doctors of Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona offer a number of ED and male impotence treatments, ranging from non-invasive naturopathic methods to medical management and surgical procedures. If you are one of the 30 million American men experiencing some degree of Erectile Dysfunction, read on to learn what options are available to you as a patient of this state-of-the-art urology practice conveniently located near Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding region.
Shockwave sound wave therapy has been used for years to successfully treat soft tissue and venous damage. This proven technology is now available for penile enhancement and repair. It works by stimulating a mechanical response in the body. Mechanically, low energy sound waves break up micro plaque in the arteries and induce neovascularization, so more blood can be directed to the penis. Patients experience increased sensitivity and firmer, longer lasting erections. Read more about sound wave therapy for vascular enhancement.
To achieve and maintain an erection that is firm enough for intercourse, men may consider a vacuum erection device. Through this non-invasive impotence therapy, blood is drawn into the penis via an external pump and the erection maintained by a retaining ring that is placed on the base of the penis. Though considered a safe and natural Erectile Dysfunction treatment, Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona does not recommend an impotence vacuum pump for men with bleeding disorders, such as sickle cell anemia and other conditions.
To treat Erectile Dysfunction, the Doctors of Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona may prescribe a PDE5 Inhibitor like Vardenafil (Viagra), Sildenafil (Levitra), or Tadalafil (Cialis) for qualifying individuals. This family of impotence drugs increases blood flow into the penis and reduces blood flow out of the penis by relaxation of the corpora cavernosa. Other Erectile Dysfunction pharmacologic treatments include, but are not limited to, testosterone therapy and Yohimbe.
The urologic Surgeons of Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona specialize in Erectile Dysfunction and male impotence surgery, including penile prosthesis surgery and surgical treatment for Peyronie’s Disease. Implanted Erectile Dysfunction devices fall into one of two categories: a malleable penile prosthesis or an inflatable penile prosthesis.
For individuals with severe Peyronie’s Disease, which is the presence of abnormal scar tissue or plaque that causes a curvature of the penis when erect, surgery may be considered a viable treatment option. Depending upon the case, the Urologists of Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona may suggest a Plication procedure. In this treatment, the penis is straightened and the excess skin of the unscarred side of the shaft is removed to correct the curvature.
Another surgical Peyronie’s Disease treatment includes plaque incisions and grafting. Here, the surgeon makes incisions into the plaque and inserts skin grafts to increase the surface area and thus, correct the curvature of the penis. Additionally, a case may demand a plaque excision and grafting procedure in which the scar tissue/plaque is removed and replaced with skin grafts.