Erectile dysfunction (ED) refers to the inability to obtain or maintain an erection. It is a common problem, which affects men of all ages and ethnicities. The risk of ED increases with advancing age.
The causes of ED are similar to the causes of cardiovascular disease (CVD):
- Diabetes mellitus
- Elevated cholesterol levels
- Hormonal (low testosterone level)
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Pelvic surgery
- Radiation therapy to the pelvic area
Since ED and CVD share similar risk factors, patients with ED may require a cardiac check as well.
Your doctor will most likely take a detailed history, including a sexual history, and perform a physical examination, including a prostate examination. You may need to undergo blood tests or further specialized investigations, if your doctor deems them necessary.
There are numerous treatments available for ED. These include oral medication, intra-cavernosal injections, vacuum pumps, and penile implants.
Your doctor will discuss all possible treatment options, which are most suitable for you.
While many find it awkward to discuss their sex life with their urologist, it is the most effective to resolve any concerns around the topic. Your urologist appreciates and understands the importance of a healthy sex life and together with the patient will strive to find the best treatment option available. If you have a partner, it can be extremely beneficial to include them in the consultations.
What You Can Expect
Dr. Dhanjee frequently sees patients who are experiencing erectile dysfunction and are looking for help in treating this condition. You will receive a thorough diagnostic examination and receive clinically-proven treatment by Dr. Dhanjee with the most advanced and comprehensive care available.