BARTLETT, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – It’s a sensitive subject that affects more menthan you may assume. In fact, more than 50% of men over the age of 50 have someform of Erectile Dysfunction.
ED is caused by a variety of health issues including vascular disease,side effects of certain medications, physical inactivity, even mental healthissues like anxiety and depression.
Urologist Dr. Zachary Corr said, “There is a real medicalissue here, so we have a real medical solution for it.”
Dr. Corr works at Saint Francis Hospital. He says talkingabout it is the first step.
“When guys come to see me, a lot of times they areapprehensive. But we aren’t in Sunday School, so we don’t have to worry aboutwhat people are going to think, and we’re not going to share yourinformation,” he said.
Seeking help is the next step.
He said, “Ultimately, what most men struggle with, is knowinghow and when to seek help.”
There are options if you or someone you know is struggling withED. These include medications, surgical procedures, and sometimes testosteronesupplements. He says those supplements you see advertised online or on TV don’talways do the job. Sometimes, they can pose serious health risks.
After speaking with your doctor and learning about your options,you may find surgery is the solution.
Dr. Corr said, “It’s probably the least talked about thing inthe general medical community, but ultimately has been around for 40years.”
He is talking about penile implant surgery, a procedure that canchange lives.
“Just fixing some of these things can make a big impact on aman’s quality of life,” he says.
It’s a relatively quick procedure that places a three-partmechanism inside the male organ while a patient is under anesthesia. It hasminimal recovery time, usually one to two weeks, and is covered by mostinsurance providers.