Erectile dysfunction (for short ED) is also referred to as impotence, meaning that men with ED are unable to achieve or maintain a satisfactory erection in order to have sexual intercourse. There are millions of men worldwide who suffer from this condition, either caused by diseases, complications from surgery, side effects of certain medications, lifestyle factors or due to psychological factors and can occur at any age.
The upside is that erectile dysfunction can also be treated at any age, with treatment options that are diverse and are correlated to overall health and the core of the problem. There is no better way to choose a method of treatment for erectile dysfunction than to talk to your doctor. With the wide range of therapies, treatments and surgeries available today your doctor can help you choose the best one for you and safest one.
Unfortunately, there have been many cases when men were reluctant to discuss sexual matters with their doctor, thus leading to ED worsening and lower safe esteem.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction:
Most men with erectile dysfunction, can be treated by means of the following:
When non-surgical methods of treating ED have failed, your urologist will likely recommend Erectile Dysfunction surgery. This is usually the case in patients who suffer from severe ED.
There are three types of erectile dysfunction surgery:
1. Placement of an implant (prosthesis) in the penis
There are several types of prosthesis which can help restore the firmness for many men with erectile dysfunction.
The adjustable penile implant has adjustable rods (hence the name), and they are placed inside the penis. These implants do not affect penis size and it helps during intercourse due to the added stiffness and the possibility to manually position the penis for the act.
The inflatable penile prosthesis or Inflatable implants are made up of tubes that are placed inside the penis and connected to a squeezable pump. This pump is placed inside the scrotum and the patient squeezes the pump to get an erection. Compared to adjustable implants, the inflatable implants help slightly to increase the length and width of the penis.
Both types of implants are used whenever an erection is needed. The downside of getting a penile prosthesis is that, in some men, it may cause infection and its highly NOT recommended for men who have a urinary tract infection or, skin or body infection.
2. Vascular reconstruction surgery
This procedure is performed with the scope to improve blood flow to or reduce blood leakage from the penis and surrounding structures. The purpose of thus urology reconstructive procedure is to:
Repair blood vessel blockages to improve blood flow to the penis;
Block veins to prevent blood from leaking out of the penis and surrounding tissues;
Also referred to as vein blockage, the ligation procedure is the opposite of penile blood vessel repair. This procedure requires for the surgeon to intentionally block one vein in order to reduce blood loss from the penis and surrounding tissues and thus decrease its firmness. Yet this procedure is rarely used because of its long-term effectiveness which has not been completely cleared.
The cost of urology surgery and penile implant surgery depend on the procedure, as well as the type of implant and the ultimate goal of the patient. The urologist fees, anesthesia fees, anesthesiologist fees, and geographic location of the surgery hospital or clinic play a role in costs. Cosmetic urology surgeries and vascular urologic procedures are generally not covered under health or medical insurance policies in many countries. This is also the reason to why patients with erectile dysfunction most often choose to travel for such procedures, and pay out of pocket. The top destinations for erectile dysfunction surgeries and cosmetic urology procedures are Southeast Asia, Mexico, or South America, where high quality health care is available at lower costs.
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