Sex is a normal, healthy part of life. Unfortunately, for an estimated 15 to 30 million men in the United States, it can become a frustrating and problematic issue. Failure to achieve or sustain an erection happens to most men at some time or another, but for about half of men over the age of forty, the problem can become chronic because of a variety of factors. When this occurs, it is known as erectile dysfunction, or ED.
If you are experiencing problems achieving or sustaining an erection, we can help. Urologist Dr. Mark Hong offers treatment for erectile dysfunction at our Phoenix office. Dr. Hong has been treating ED for years, and combines extensive experience with a compassionate approach to care. Reach out to our practice to learn more about your treatment options. Schedule an appointment today.
Understanding Erectile Dysfunction
Common causes of ED include certain medications, alcohol consumption, lack of adequate blood flow to the penis and psychological issues. Low testosterone may contribute to ED. ED can also signal more serious medical issues, such as heart problems.
Dr. Hong exercises a dynamic approach to treating ED. He not only addresses the symptoms but also the underlying cause of the condition. There are many treatments and procedures available for ED, including:
Oral medications known as phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE-5) allow muscles in the penis to relax and increase blood flow. This, in turn, produces an erection during sexual arousal. These medications include Viagra™, Levitra™ and Cialis™ among others.
For many men, simple changes like reducing alcohol consumption or revitalizing their relationship with their partner can successfully reverse the effects of ED.
Vacuum Erection Device
This device creates an erection by drawing blood into the penis. After the patient applies a small elastic ring at the base of the penis, the erection can last for up to half an hour.
A small needle is used to inject a very small amount of medication into the base of the penis prior to sexual activity. Another form of therapy called MUSE™ uses a suppository dropped into the tip of the penis rather than a needle injection.
If other treatment methods have failed, Dr. Hong may recommend a penile prosthesis. This is a highly effective method of regaining full erections and achieve spontaneous sex again. Men who have had the penile prosthesis placed generally report very high levels of satisfaction with the procedure.
ED treatment varies from patient to patient, and Dr. Hong will use a range of diagnostic tools to determine the best options for you.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Hong is a leading urologist with the training and expertise needed to effectively treat ED. We understand how difficult and stressful erectile dysfunction can be for men, and we treat each and every patient with the utmost compassion. Our supportive staff and state-of-the-art treatment methods can help you regain a healthy and enjoyable sex life. Contact us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hong.