Seeing the bigger health picture for treating erectile dysfunction (ED)

As seasoned specialists in erectile dysfunction (ED), we look at the underlying causes that can impact a man’s sexual health to evaluate and treat his condition. We start by offering comprehensive education for our patients, so they can fully understand the symptoms behind their sexual medicine conditions and the links to chronic disease. We do a thorough evaluation that includes not only a patient’s medical, family and sexual history, and appropriate medical tests, but also factor in his lifestyle. What are his nutritional habits? How much exercise is he getting? What are his sleep habits? What are potential drug interactions with medications related to his comorbidities?

We encourage our patients to get active in their care and know how to help them feel comfortable sharing intimate, sexual history information. ED can also indicate comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. When we see indications of symptoms for these conditions, we refer our patients to the appropriate specialists.

We offer the full spectrum of treatment options available for ED, including: lifestyle changes; oral medications; vacuum suction device; penile injections; penile intraurethral therapy; assessment of co-existing cardiometabolic risk factors, including low testosterone; combination therapy and referral for surgical intervention, when indicated after a full evaluation.

Good communication with our patients and fellow providers is a priority for us—so we stay in close contact with physicians who refer patients to us and vice versa. We’re committed to closely following our patients’ outcomes and see our relationship with other specialists and primary care providers as true partnerships.

Our goal for every patient we treat for ED is to find the right treatment options for them and we’ve had consistently successful outcomes, helping our patients enjoy happy, healthy sex lives.

Working closely with our patient, we will develop an effective treatment plan that may include:

  • Lifestyle changes in diet and physical activity
  • Lifestyle changes plus medication
  • Referral for surgery when indicated

Treating ED with Lifestyle Changes vs. Pills

In my 25 years of clinical practice, if you look at the pills, I’d say that the oral medications for erectile dysfunction work well in about 50% of men. They work well in about 50% of men. The other 50%, either they aren’t working adequately or they don’t work at all…