Erectile dysfunction is often a complaint of men when seeing their doctor. Although it’s normal for men to have some problems keeping an erection from time to time, if it gets progressively worse or happens on a routine basis, it’s time to seek out treatment. Zachary Lott, MSN, ARNP, AGACNP-BC, can help diagnose and treat your erectile dysfunction. The expert team at Nexus HealthSpan in Corona del Mar and Lake Forest, California, can offer various solutions to help, including highly effective GAINSwave treatments. Call the office today to schedule an appointment with one of the expert providers or use the online booking tool.
Erections happen during sexual arousal when nerves send chemicals that increase blood flow into the penis. Blood flows into the spongy muscle tissue of the penis, which then traps the blood. The blood pressure in the chamber of the penis makes the penis firm, causing an erection.
Erectile dysfunction is the inability to keep an erection that’s firm enough for sex. There can be many different reasons for this. Erectile dysfunction affects, on average, about 30 million men.
Erectile dysfunction can happen as a result of both physical and emotional causes. While erectile dysfunction is more common as men age, growing old is not always the cause for erectile dysfunction. Some causes of erectile dysfunction include:
To diagnose erectile dysfunction, your doctor will ask you questions about your health history and will perform a physical exam focusing on the genitals. They may also order blood work and imaging tests.
Most often, non-invasive treatments will be recommended first for erectile dysfunction. This may be in the form of oral medications or testosterone therapy if testosterone levels are low. Your doctor may also point out risk factors that can be modified, such as quitting smoking or switching to alternative medications that could be causing your erectile dysfunction.
Here at Nexus HealthSpan, we use a revolutionary new treatment called extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), commercailly marketed as GAINSwave, to help treat erectile dysfunction. This treatment works by using supersonic sound waves to improve blood flow to the penis, eliminate small areas of plaque, and stimulate the growth of new blood vessels. Shockwave therapy has been shown in studies to have a 75% success rate in treating erectile dysfunction.
Another treatment for erectile dysfunction is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, commercially known as the Priapus Shot, or P-Shot. PRP injections involve taking a sample of your own blood and separating its components so the platelets are concentrated within the plasma, the liquid portion of your blood. The platelet-rich plasma promotes healing and tissue generation, helping get and keep an erection, as well as improving senstivity.
If you’d like to find out more about treatments for erectile dysfunction, call Nexus HealthSpan to schedule an appointment or use the online booking tool.