What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction, or impotence, occurs when a man can no longer get or keep and erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. This is an extremely common occurrence that men experience from time to time, but when it becomes a regular issue it needs to be taken seriously. There are several causes of erectile dysfunction, including medications, chronic illness, poor blood flow to the penis, over-consumption of alcohol, and over-tiredness.

Types of Erectile Dysfunction

There are three different types of erectile dysfunction- Psychological, Priapism, and Peyronie’s Disease. Psychological erectile dysfunction occurs when factors such as stress, anxiety, guilt, depression, and low-self esteem inhibit a man’s ability to attain or maintain an erection. Psychological erectile dysfunction accounts for about 10-20% of all erectile dysfunction cases. Priapism is a persistent and often painful erection that lasts for more than four hours without sexual stimulation. This occurs because blood in the penis is trapped an unable to drain. Peyronie’s Disease is caused by scar tissue, plaque, which forms along the length of the penis in the Corpora Cavernosa. This plaque is not visible and depending on the severity of the condition, the plaque can cause the penis to bend. This in turn makes sexual intercourse difficult and occasionally painful.

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment Options

Treatments for erectile dysfunction vary depending on severity and type of erectile dysfunction. Natural treatments are usually recommended first. These are simple lifestyle changes such as drinking less alcohol, losing weight, quitting smoking, and counseling. Men who commit to these changes often find great improvement in their sexual performance and health.

Medication For Erectile Dysfunction

Medications are another treatment route when lifestyle changes are not necessary or ineffective. Medications often prescribed include testosterone, oral phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors, intracavernosal injections and intraurethral suppositories.

Vacuum Constriction Devices for Erectile Dysfunction

Another option for the treatment of erectile dysfunction is vacuum constriction devices (VCD). VCD consist of an acrylic cylinder with a pump that may be attached directly to the end of the penis. A constriction ring or band is placed on the cylinder at the other end, which is applied to the body. The cylinder and pump are used to create a vacuum to help the penis become erect. The advantage of this method is that no medicine or lifestyle changes are necessary to attain an erection. On the contrary, side effects include slight bruising, purplish color to the penis, cold and numbness, and a decreased force of ejaculation.

Surgery For Erectile Dysfunction in NJ

In a worst-case scenario, surgery can be used to correct erectile dysfunction. The surgery involves the implant of a prosthetic device within the penis which causes an erection. The implant will either be semi-rigid or a malleable rod. This is a simple and highly effective surgery, and is the least expensive of other surgery options. Side effects include constant erection, cosmetic appearance of the penis, a risk of infection, and permanent alteration or injury to erection body.

Reconstructive Surgery for Erectile Dysfunction in NJ

Another surgery option is reconstruction of the arteries in the penis. This helps to facilitate an erection because blood flow is increased. Some men might require blocking off the veins in the penis to allow blood to leave the penis. This method also helps men maintain an erection. These surgeries are preferred by some because they restore natural erections, have a natural appearance, and no implant is required. Side effects and risks include a shortening and numbness to the penis, a risk of infection, and painful erection.

Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction in New Jersey

Erectile dysfunction that inhibits your ability to participate in sexual intercourse on a regular basis should be addressed with your doctor. All of these treatment options are available by Ron S Israeli MD, PC, so schedule an appointment today to get an expert opinion on next steps to take.