There are many people who experience some form of erectile dysfunction (ED). It is estimated that as many as 70% of men will experience some degree of erectile dysfunction at the age of 70. Fortunately there are many solutions available.
ED treatment options are generally safe and well-tolerated by patients, but they each have their own side effects and risks.
Medications for erectile dysfunction work by enhancing the effects of nitric oxide, which is released by the body when a person becomes aroused. If a person is already taking nitrates to treat high blood pressure or chest pains, though, these can lead to a dangerous interaction where the person’s blood pressure drops sharply.
There are surgical options available to treat severe cases of erectile dysfunction. These options involve implanting a prosthesis into the penis. The prosthesis can be either a malleable rod or inflatable tube that is implanted with a pump and reservoir of pressurized fluid.
Every surgery comes with risks from complications, though, as well as risks of reactions to the anesthesia. Surgical treatments to erectile dysfunction are typically only used after other treatments have failed or would be inappropriate.
Vacuum therapy, by comparison, has very few side effects. Vacuum therapy solutions work by gently drawing blood into the penis using a vacuum and then holding it in place with an elastic support ring.
First a cylinder is placed over the penis, and a pump is activated to create a vacuum. Both manual and electric pumps are available. The vacuum created in the cylinder gently draws blood into the penis, creating an erection. Once erection has been achieved, the support ring is moved from around the cylinder to the base of the penis and the device is removed. The support ring can safely be left in place for up to 30 minutes.
The main issue that people encounter when using vacuum therapy devices is a colder-than-average erection, which some find off-putting. Others may experience some mild bruising in the area.
There are some conditions which may predispose people to bleeding or priapism with constriction, such as sickle cell or polycythemia. Patients who are taking anticoagulants are also at a higher risk of bleeding, but can still safely use a vacuum therapy device. This bleeding can result in small lesions in the area known as petechiae.
Overall, the complications that may result from using a vacuum therapy device are fairly minor and don’t pose a major risk to the patient, though it is still important to discuss any solution for erectile dysfunction with a doctor before beginning treatment.
Read the eBooks and other informational material available from Rejoyn Medical Systems, Inc., to learn more about the various treatments for erectile dysfunction.