BARTLETT, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – It’s a sensitive subject that affects more men than you may assume. In fact, more than 50% of men over the age of 50 have some form of Erectile Dysfunction.
ED is caused by a variety of health issues including vascular disease, side effects of certain medications, physical inactivity, even mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
Urologist Dr. Zachary Corr said, “There is a real medical issue here, so we have a real medical solution for it.”
Dr. Corr works at Saint Francis Hospital. He says talking about it is the first step.
“When guys come to see me, a lot of times they are apprehensive. But we aren’t in Sunday School, so we don’t have to worry about what people are going to think, and we’re not going to share your information,” he said.
Seeking help is the next step.
He said, “Ultimately, what most men struggle with, is knowing how and when to seek help.”
There are options if you or someone you know is struggling with ED. These include medications, surgical procedures, and sometimes testosterone supplements. He says those supplements you see advertised online or on TV don’t always 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 in the general medical community, but ultimately has been around for 40 years.”
He is talking about penile implant surgery, a procedure that can change lives.
“Just fixing some of these things can make a big impact on a man’s quality of life,” he says.
It’s a relatively quick procedure that places a three-part mechanism inside the male organ while a patient is under anesthesia. It has minimal recovery time, usually one to two weeks, and is covered by most insurance providers.