Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Treatment Options
Many people are surprised to hear that there are more options to treating erectile dysfunction then the little blue pill. The makers of Viagra, Levitra, Stendra and Cialis have done a good job in branding and getting their message out that pills are the best form for treating ED. But are they really???
Other treatment pathways to treating ED
There are really 3 forms of treatment pathways for erectile dysfunction.
2) External Devices (Priapus Therapy)
3) Internal Penile Pump (Penile Implant)
Oral medication has long time been a traditional route most practitioners take when treating men suffering from erectile dysfunction. Research suggests that only 65% of men typically benefit from medication for treating ED. While fewer then 50% of men with both erectile dysfunction and diabetes have a good response to oral medications. Additionally, fewer then 35% of men suffering from ED after prostate surgery have a successful response to such medications.
Though the medications are highly commercialized and thousands of men experience terrific results there are many more who do not respond to such treatment. In these cases alternatives need to be explored.
Over the years many men have tried a variety of external devices including penile self-injection therapy, external vacuum pumps and the medicated urethral system.
Penile injection therapy, also known as Priapus Therapy, is the first FDA approved medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. This method does require a customized approach so each injection is customized for that individual patient. 80% of men in clinical trials experienced a firm erection. At the Indianapolis Men’s Clinic we have a large number of patients who opt for this treatment pathway primarily because it’s so customized and patients can self inject in the comfort of their own home. Our doctors will coach patients on how to administer the self injections. Our patients have reported additional benefits to using the Priapus Therapy including improved erectile function up to 90%, a 10% – 20% growth in penis size, stronger penis tissue, increased circulation, straightening of the penis in the event one suffers from curvature, effects can last up to 18 months or permanently. We have found some patients are experiencing additional benefits with their other ED treatment methods when using the Priapus Therapy. They are seeing greater results from their use of Viagra, Cialis and Tri-mix.
Vacuum Erection Devices are also an option particularly for men with mild erectile dysfunction. Those with a more severe case, this option offers little to no relief. This option is the least invasive and least expensive and most insurance companies will cover the expense. Many men have reported that this method is expensive and often painful.
Urethral medications have come to take a “back seat” since drugs like Viagra have hit the marketplace. The process by which this method is administered causes patients to question the potency of such a treatment. The medication is primarily absorbed through the urethra and distributed into surrounding tissues. A very small percentage of the total dose actually goes into the penis, while a majority is absorbed into the blood stream. This process begs the question of “how effective of a treatment plan is this?” Over the years patient participation in this treatment has significantly decreased as men look for better options to treating erectile dysfunction.
Internal Penile Pump
In the case of men suffering from ED after prostate surgery, many men turn to an internal penile implant option. This solution is maintenance free and the pump can remain in place for a lifetime. The installation of this device is about an hour long outpatient procedure to insert the pump through a one-inch opening in the scrotal sac. For over 30 years men have turned to this option as it is an approved medical treatment option.
This external device has been coined as the “inflatable implant” due to the nature of how it works. This implant does inflate with water when pumped for about a minute. The actual pump mechanism resides in the scrotum and can be inflated and deflated on demand. Many men prefer this method because orgasm and ejaculation are not effected.
There are several options for treating erectile dysfunction. Some are good, some not so good. If you are serious about treating your ED issues then you want to talk with a medical professional who specializes in men’s sexual health issues. A family practitioner or general practitioner typically won’t offer an in depth analysis or best treatment for erectile dysfunction.
We invite you to call the Indianapolis Men’s Clinic today at (317) 999-9000 and schedule a consultation. If you are searching in Google for “best men’s ED doctor near me” or “erectile dysfunction doctor near my house” contact us today. We can hep you have an erection again!