Erectile dysfunction is also called male impotence. It's defined as a consistent inability to attain and keep an erection long enough for satisfactory sexual relations with a partner. Erectile dysfunction isn't classified as a disease, but it may be a symptom of a disease or another condition. Erectile dysfunction is quite common today, impacting over 50% of men ages 40-70.
Erectile dysfunction can be caused by a number of conditions, including:
Additionally, emotional issues can play a role in erectile dysfunction. Men who are depressed or anxious are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction. Certain medications may cause erectile dysfunction.
After some types of surgery, particularly abdominal surgery or surgery in the genital area, a man may suffer from erectile dysfunction. A combination of these factors can contribute to the erectile dysfunction in some cases.
Erectile dysfunction can be different for every man, and thus it's important that an individualized treatment plan is used for every person. The first step in treating erectile dysfunction successfully is to find an experienced urologist. The urology team at Urology Associates of South Florida has many years of experience in helping men overcome erectile dysfunction, and they will create a customized treatment approach for each patient.
In many cases, erectile dysfunction is tied to another problem. For example, a man with very high blood pressure may start to experience erectile dysfunction. If he takes steps to get his blood pressure back into a healthy zone, the odds are good that the erectile dysfunction issues will resolve naturally.
Some of the many treatment options available include:
In some cases, a combination of these therapies may be used to get the optimal results. In the event that none of the less invasive options is successful in addressing the erectile dysfunction, surgical solutions like penile implants may be considered.
At Urology Associates of South Florida, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.