If you or someone you love suffers from erectile dysfunction, the most important thing you need to know is this: you are not alone.

Erectile dysfunction can affect men of any age for a variety of reasons, including (but not limited to) diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and side effects from prostate cancer treatment.

Here’s the good news: effective ED treatments are available.

The treatment recommended will depend on the patient’s unique case, but it could include one or more of the following:

  • The first line of treatment typically involves PDE5 inhibitors, such as Viagra and Cialis.
  • Vacuum devices. This involves a small tube fitted onto the penis. Some are manual; some are electronic. Essentially, the tube sucks the blood into the penis, filling the spongy tissues. The patient then puts a penis ring at the base of the penis, which helps contain the blood.
  • If the patient hasn’t had luck with medications or the vacuum devices, injections are another option. A small needle delivers active medication directly to the penis.
  • Penile prosthesis. The prosthesis replaces the spongy erectile tissues with two cylinders that a surgeon implants into the penis. A small pump is placed inside the scrotum and a little reservoir that goes at the bottom of the patient’s belly houses fluid that’s used to inflate the cylinders. The patient will use the pump to get an erection.

At Greater Boston Urology, we understand how important sexual function is not only from a physical standpoint, but also from an emotional one. Let us help. If you are interested in setting up a consultation with one of our urologists, please schedule an appointment.