If you are one of the many men who is struggling with erectile dysfunction, you deserve to get the most qualified medical help possible to help you resolve the condition. The first step is to evaluate the cause of the condition.
What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?
The loss of the ability to have an erection, or a sustained erection can be the result of a range of physical problems, including:
- Peyronie’s Disease (plaque formation in the penile tissue leading to blood flow problems)
- The use of certain medications
- Trauma affecting the penile structure
- Heart or blood vessel conditions (atherosclerosis, etc.)
- Prostate cancer and prostate cancer treatments
- Metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, high insulin and other symptoms)
- Sleep apnea
- Side effect of surgeries to spinal cord or pelvic region
- Psychological issues
Treating Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
The treatment for ED will be based upon the symptoms, cause, and what will produce the most positive outcome. Dr. Elist is a leading Beverly Hills urologist, and has four decades in practice focused on male sexual health and penile conditions and diseases. The process of identifying the cause of your condition could include the following tests:
- A physical examination to check nerve response and identify plaque buildup
- Blood tests to identify disease or condition that may result in ED
- Urine testing to identify diabetes or other health condition
- Ultrasound tests to identify blood vessel abnormalities
Your treatment will be based upon the results of testing and could include:
- Medications such as Viagra, Cialis, or other
- Penile injections to cause an erection
- Penis pump
- Penile implant
Penile Implants for Erectile Dysfunction
A penile implant may be the most effective way for some men to restore the ability to engage in sexual intercourse. These implants are devices placed on each side of the penis structure, composed of very flexible rods, or inflatable rods. With inflatable rods, you will control the period of time in which your erection is present. With the flexible rods, your penis is firm enough to engage in sexual intercourse, but able to bend.
These treatments may be the last option for some men but are very effective and have a high satisfaction rating from patients. If you have tried medications and other treatments and are still unable to achieve or maintain an erection, it is important that your condition is correctly diagnosed and treated, and Dr. Elist can help you identify the most effective treatment – for you.
Sexual Health and Confidence
The loss of the ability to have a sustained, healthy erection is a very difficult situation for a man to live with. Getting treatment that will work – in your case – is an urgent and important matter. It is advised that you avoid any natural remedies, as some of these have been found to be dangerous in how they interact with medications you may be taking.
It is important that the cause of your ED is correctly diagnosed and treated, and that you have access to the most advanced treatments available. Dr. Elist understand how your self-confidence can be affected by ED, and will work closely with you to find a solution that produces a positive result – and a happier, more confident life.
How do I know when it’s time for erectile dysfunction treatment?
Some men who are experiencing problems with sexual performance and maintaining an erection may not want to believe they have erectile dysfunction, or ED. While it’s true that some problems in the bedroom can be explained by trauma, fatigue, or mental health issues, it is important to be realistic about the risk of erectile dysfunction. If you experience any problems that could be related to ED, schedule a consultation with the top erectile dysfunction doctor in Beverly Hills.
Which treatment for erectile dysfunction is right for me?
There is an array of treatments for erectile dysfunction, ranging from medication to surgery. The main factor impacting your ideal erectile dysfunction treatment is how severe your symptoms are. Those with mild ED may benefit from medication alone, for which there are options. Moderate cases of ED can choose to try a penis pump or injections that can help you sustain an erection. Penile implants are reserved for severe cases in which getting or maintaining an erection is nearly impossible and you’ve tried other treatments first.
Will my treatment look natural?
Each type of treatment for erectile dysfunction maintains a natural look and feel for you and your partner. Many men think that their penis will look unnatural or feel different for their partner if they have implants, but Dr. Elist strives for the most natural approach so you can feel confident and secure while also preserving a pleasurable sexual experience.
What is recovery like after erectile dysfunction treatment?
There is no recovery period except for men who undergo surgical procedures. All medications and penis pumps are non-invasive and create a temporary effect, so no recovery is involved. After implant surgery, you may experience pain or other side effects for one to two weeks that are treatable with pain medication. You can expect to resume sexual intimacy after approximately eight weeks. Exercise should also be limited following your surgery, and Dr. Elist will advise you regarding recommended activity levels throughout the healing process.
Are erectile dysfunction implants painful?
During the implant surgery you will be given anesthesia to make you more comfortable. After the surgery is complete, you will receive detailed aftercare instructions and medications to relieve discomfort during recovery. Once you have healed, the implants themselves are not painful. In fact, you will find that the implants contribute to better, more pleasurable sexual relations.
When can I have sex after treatment for erectile dysfunction?
Non-surgical treatments like medication or penis pumps allow you to engage in sexual activities as soon as you are ready. Penile implants require an eight-week recovery process during which you cannot have intercourse, masturbate, or engage in other activities that could impact healing. After your recovery period, the implants also allow you to have intercourse spontaneously whenever you and your partner are ready.
Could erectile dysfunction still occur after treatment?
Erectile dysfunction has many different causes, and the likelihood of continued or recurring ED depends on the root cause and the type of treatment you have. Treating issues related to depression, anxiety, or trauma can help ED go away. Medication may only be necessary for a short period while you seek treatment for mental health. Hereditary abnormalities or abnormalities due to injury may cause long-lasting ED, but implants or other treatments can help you overcome frustration and insecurity.
Is erectile dysfunction preventable?
Certain causes of erectile dysfunction are preventable. Some instances of ED are due to an unhealthy lifestyle or being overweight. You may be able to prevent ED by:
- Quitting smoking
- Maintaining a healthy weight by eating right and exercising regularly
- Being in tune with your mental health and seeking treatment if necessary
- Treating high blood pressure, diabetes, or other health conditions
ED can be related to emotional pain and physical health, so do your part to maintain healthy living. Talk to your partner about any insecurities and work collaboratively to stay happy and healthy. If you still struggle with ED, get in touch with our Los Angeles erectile dysfunction doctor, Dr. James Elist.
Is erectile dysfunction treatment covered by insurance?
Every insurance plan is different, but some may cover certain treatments for erectile dysfunction. Contact your insurance company, or talk to Dr. Elist about what treatments might be covered. We want to support you during your erectile dysfunction treatment, so call our Beverly Hills center for more information.