Sexual dysfunction is an extremely common problem affecting over 50% of men between the ages of 40 and 70. With newer treatments available, public awareness of the problem has increased greatly. Impotence, or erectile dysfunction (ED), as with many disease processes, has a spectrum of severity. The most frequent symptom that we see is the inability to achieve any penile erection at all. Commonly, however, one may experience partial erection with either incomplete rigidity or loss of rigidity before ejaculation. In the past physicians often attributed ED to psychological causes. However, we now know that psychogenic impotence is responsible for less than 10% of cases of serious erectile dysfunction. Common causes of ED include medications for other conditions, arterial blockage due to atherosclerosis, peripheral nerve damage due to diabetes, pelvic fracture, and spinal cord injury. Fortunately, determining the specific cause of erectile dysfunction is usually not necessary as treatment is fairly standard.
Often times, ED can be treated easily with prescription oral medications. The physicians at the University of Kansas Hospital will evaluate your erectile dysfunction and select the best medication for you. If one of these medications is not effective, our physicians are equipped with a wide range of options to treat erectile dysfunction including intercavernosal injections, vacuum erection devices, intraurethral therapy, and surgical placement of a penile prosthesis.
In the event that surgery is needed for your erectile dysfunction, Dr. Ajay Nangia and Dr. Joshua Broghammer are currently some of the few physicians in the Kansas City area who are placing penile protheses and doing complex protheses for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. This procedure which uses an artificial device to provide erections has been reported to result in satisfaction rates greater than 90%. With extensive experience in these techniques, they offer the latest approaches for this surgical correction of impotence.
Watch the Multimedia Webcast: Sexual Dysfunction In The American Male as presented at the American Urological Association national meeting in 2009.
The University of Kansas Department of Urology specializes in the latest treatment options for erectile dysfunction (ED) – the persistent inability to maintain an erection that is firm enough or lasts long enough to have sexual intercourse. This common problem is often caused by physical conditions, including prostate cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. ED can limit your intimacy, affect your self-esteem and impact your most important relationships. But the good news is that nearly every case is treatable today…You don’t have to simply live with it.