Erectile Dysfunction Treatment in Sarasota, FL
Effectively Helping Men Overcome Sexual Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction can be difficult for men as well as their partners. Dr. Kaplon helps men understand the causes of their ED, and get the most appropriate treatment based on each patient’s individual needs. Learn more about the common causes of ED and call (941) 917-5400 to schedule your appointment today.
What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is the inability to get or keep an erection to have successful intercourse. Approximately 94 million men worldwide suffer from erectile dysfunction and, most importantly, nearly every man who has the condition can be helped.
Talking with Dr. Kaplon is the first step in getting the proper treatment for erectile dysfunction. Treatment process begins with a physical exam that can include examination of your vascular system, nervous system, thyroid, prostate and genitals.
Common Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
Achieving and maintaining an erection involves physical and psychological factors that must all be in proper balance in order for an erection to occur. Issues affecting just one component – nerves, blood vessels or hormones for instance – can result in an inability to consistently achieve and maintain erections. Lifestyle factors like obesity and stress can also play a significant role. For most men, more than one factor will come into play. Some of the common causes of erectile dysfunction (ED) Include:
- Depression and anxiety
- Heart Disease
- Drug Abuse
- Excessive use of alcohol
- Vascular Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Parkinson’s disease
- Injury to the pelvis or spinal cord
- Certain medications
- Treatments for cancer
- Peyronie’s disease (scar tissue that forms in the penis)
Dr. Kaplon will evaluate your risk factors to the determine the possible causes of your ED so the best treatment can be prescribed.
What Treatment Options are there for ED?
If Dr. Kaplon suspects a psychological cause for erectile dysfunction, he or she may suggest treatment from a psychiatrist, psychologist, sex therapist or marriage counselor. It is important to understand that counseling can many times identify and solve many underlying psychological issues causing erectile dysfunction. Such counseling may also be a part of a recommended regimen to treat the problem.
When considering lifestyle changes as an approach to correct erectile dysfunction, consideration of habits that may be contribute to the condition need to be addressed. These include:
- Decreasing or limiting the consumption of alcohol
- Dietary changes to reduce the intake of fat and cholesterol
- Eliminating the use of tobacco and substance abuse
- Losing weight
- Exercising regularly
A physician’s review of the medications you are presently taking may result in changes to them especially if they are known to cause erectile dysfunction.
Non-invasive treatments that include the use of oral medications such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are all proven to improve blood flow to the penis by working directly on the blood vessels. They allow the arteries to expand to produce an erection. Note that while widely available today, they do not work for 20 to 30 percent of men.
Vacuum pump therapy may be prescribed as a non-invasive alternative. The pump device is placed over the penis and a vacuum is created mechanically enhancing the flow of blood into the penis. A rubber ring placed at the base of the penis helps to maintain the blood maintaining the erection. These cannot be prescribed for patients with bleeding disorders, are on anti-coagulants or those with sickle cell anemia.
The patient inserts a small dose of medication directly into the urethral opening at the end of the penis where the medication becomes absorbed into the erectile tissue. This causes the blood vessels to relax so that the penis fills with blood and becomes erect.
For this treatment, the patient or his partner injects medication directly into the base of the penis. It relaxes muscle tissue and allows blood to flow into the penis creating an erection.
Surgery (Penile Implants)
If the above treatments are unsuccessful in managing erectile dysfunction and psychological causes are ruled out, Dr. Kaplon may recommend penile implant surgery. The implant, called a penile prosthesis, is contained within the body. Considerations for choosing the appropriate implant include medical condition, lifestyle, personal preference and cost. As with all surgeries, there are associated risks that include pain, infection and other complications.
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Kaplon for Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
Dr. Daniel Kaplon specializes in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. For more information on treatment options call our Sarasota office at (941) 917-5400.