Erectile Dysfunction Treatment Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a disorder that affects a man's ability to get or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse There are many potential causes of...Read More
Surgical Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection for satisfactory sexual activity. ED can be caused by psychological, physical, and medical reasons. It is estimated that about 30 million men in the United States experience ED.
There are several surgical treatments available for ED, depending on the underlying cause. Inflatable penile implants are the most common type of surgical treatment for ED. Penile implants are devices that are placed inside the penis to allow men with ED to have an erection.
Another surgical treatment for ED is a penile injection. A penile injection is a medication that is injected into the penis to cause an erection. The medication used for a penile injection is usually alprostadil. Alprostadil is a synthetic version of prostaglandin E, which is a substance that is naturally produced in the body.
A penile injection is a simple office procedure that takes only a few minutes to perform. A man with ED can usually have an erection within minutes after the injection. The erection usually lasts for 30 minutes to an hour.
A penile injection is usually not painful. Some men may experience a mild burning sensation when the medication is injected. The side effects of a penile injection are usually minor and temporary. The most common side effects are a temporary burning sensation, a temporary numbness or bruising, and a temporary redness or swelling.
If you are considering a penile injection, you should talk to your doctor about the possible side effects and risks. A penile injection is a safe and effective treatment for ED. However, as with any medical procedure, there are risks and side effects.
Risks and Side Effects of Penile Injections
The most common side effects of penile injections are a temporary burning sensation, a temporary numbness or bruising, and a temporary redness or swelling. These side effects usually go away within a few minutes to a few hours.
There are also some rare but serious side effects that can occur with penile injections. These rare side effects include:
- Allergic reaction
- Bleeding from the injection site
- Blood in the urine
- priapism (prolonged erection)
If you experience any of these rare but serious side effects, you should seek medical help immediately.
In rare cases, penile injections can cause a condition called cavernositis. Cavernositis is an inflammation of the erectile tissue. Cavernositis can lead to permanent damage to the erectile tissue and can cause erectile dysfunction.
Penile injections are a safe and effective treatment for ED. However, as with any medical procedure, there are risks and side effects. You should talk to your doctor about the possible risks and side effects of penile injections before you decide to have the procedure.