Erectile Dysfunction: More Common than You Think

It is reported that nearly 30 million American males suffer from erectile dysfunction. Defined by the National Library of Medicine, erectile dysfunction is when a man has trouble getting or keeping an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse, accompanied by a reduced sexual desire. While some men will experience erection difficulties every now and then, an ongoing erection problem indicates a larger problem.

What Happens During an Erection?
In order for an erection to occur, a male must first be sexually aroused. Next, the brain must “communicate” this sexual arousal to the body’s nervous system, which activates blood flow to the genital area. Lastly, relaxed blood vessels must supply blood to the penis. This results in an erection. If anything affects these three steps—arousal, the nervous system, or the vascular system— erectile dysfunction can occur.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
Since male sexual arousal is a process that involves the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels, erectile dysfunction can be caused by any of these, as well as stress, fatigue, anxiety, and mental health diseases. Erectile dysfunction effects men as they age, but it can also be a sign of an underlying health problem, such as heart disease, blocked blood vessels, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, making it extremely important to speak with a physician.

“For most men, talking to their doctor about erectile dysfunction is awkward and embarrassing, and therefore a conversation that is often avoided,” said Dr. Riccardo Ricciardi, a Urologist at Jamaica Hospital. “Men have to speak up, especially since there are tests and procedures that can be performed to address their impotence.”

Millions of men have tried medications, such as Viagara, in an attempt to improve their erectile function and regain intimacy in their lives. While this option has proven successful for many, for approximately 30-40% of men this method of therapy is not effective. For these men, a variety of options are available, including penis pumps, penile implants, or surgery.

Jamaica Hospital’s Division of Urology currently offers an advanced surgical device for impotence. The Coloplast Titan and Titan One Touch Release inflatable penile implants are self-contained, fluid-filled systems made from Bioflex and silicone. The treatment features:

  • a 3-piece design for a more natural-appearing erection, providing greater flaccidity than with two-piece implants. Each part is connected by silicone tubing. The Titan implant is MRI conditional and latex free.
  • an ease-of-use pump, which means fewer squeezes to achieve a full erection and smooth, simplistic deflation.
  • a lock-out valve for less chance of unintentional inflation and smooth, simplistic deflation.
  • a hydrophilic coating that attracts water contained in solutions used to prepare the device.

The Coloplast Titan One Touch Release features an innovative “One Touch Release,” making deflation of the implant possible with only one hand.

For more information about erectile dysfunction or to schedule an appointment to see a Urologist for other men’s health issues, please call 718-206-7110.

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