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Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Treatments

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Treatments

Jack H Mydlo, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Temple, discusses erectile dysfunction treatments available for patients at Temple University Hospital.

Medical therapies

There are four major medical therapies for ED: Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and Staxyn. While each drug differs slightly in how long their effects last, they all function by increasing blood flow in the penis. A Temple urologist will prescribe the best drug for each patient, depending on the patient's sexual needs and medical history, as well as the severity of erectile dysfunction. Because these drugs lower blood pressure, it is important to avoid combining them with other blood pressure-lowering drugs, such as alpha-blockers, nitroglycerine and certain herbal supplements.

To schedule an appointment with a Temple urologist, click here or call 1-800-TEMPLE-MED (1-800-836-7536).

Penile prostheses

In cases where ED drugs are not effective or cannot be tolerated, a Temple urologist may recommend a penile prosthesis as a treatment for ED. A penile prosthesis consists of a cylinder and a pump that are implanted into the penis. The cylinder and pump are connected to a fluid reservoir that is implanted inside the groin. When the patient wishes to obtain an erection, he activates the pump to fill the cylinder with fluid, thereby extending the penis to an erect state.

Temple's urologists are highly experienced in treating erectile dysfunction with traditional medical therapies and penile prostheses.

To schedule an appointment with a Temple urologist, click here or call 1-800-TEMPLE-MED (1-800-836-7536).