As men age, erectile function is compromised to varying degrees for one reason or another. Erectile Dysfunction (ED) or impotence is defined as the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual activity. One does not have to be completely impotent to suffer from ED. The fact that you are no longer achieving optimal firmness may be enough to cause self-esteem issues that impact your relationships and sense of worth.
Current treatment options include use of vacuum pumps, prescription medication, and surgery. Vacuum pumps can assist in achieving erections, however, they can be cumbersome and interfere with spontaneity. Vacuum pumps basically expand pre-existing blood vessels and do not promote formation of new circulation. Prescription medications like Viagra and Cialis (PDE5 inhibitors) work well, but can be expensive and require planning as most would rather not waste an expensive pill unless they have a high certainty of having a sexual encounter. There may also be associated undesired side effects like flushing, congestion, visual changes, headache, and dizziness. Drug interactions with these medications are also a concern, particularly with nitrate drugs used to treat hypertension. The combination of PDE5 inhibitors and nitrates may result in a severe and potentially fatal drop in blood pressure. Surgery is invasive and may require general anesthesia. The postoperative recovery period may require time off from work and physical activities. In addition, surgical procedures may result in unsightly scars.
Dr. Leonardo offers the latest treatment for ED, the Priapus Shot® (P-Shot®), which developed from Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments. The P-Shot® is a nonsurgical option to strengthen erections. Patients who have had success with Viagra and Cialis may no longer need those medications or will require a lower dose. There is more spontaneity when the mood strikes to be able to achieve firmer erections. The penis is rejuvenated as more blood vessels and penile tissue develop from the procedure. Patients get all the benefits of improved erectile function without unwanted side effects, the risk of drug interactions, and minimal to no recovery period.