Paul H. Chung, MD, FACS
Reconstructive Urologist & Erectile Dysfunction Specialist located in Philadelphia, PA
Millions of men suffer from erectile dysfunction today, but many never seek treatment because they don’t realize how simple the solutions can really be. Paul H. Chung, MD, is a compassionate and understanding erectile dysfunction specialist. He understands that erectile dysfunction is a difficult topic to discuss. He is committed to improving the sexual health of his patients by providing effective solutions ranging from medication to medical devices. Book an appointment by calling either of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania offices today.
Erectile Dysfunction Q & A
Educational Video: Causes and Treatments Options for Erectile Dysfunction
What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction, commonly referred to as ED, is a continued difficulty with achieving and/or maintaining an erection that’s sufficient for satisfying sexual intercourse. This is a common problem for men as they age, but it can also affect younger men.
It’s important to know that erectile dysfunction isn’t a normal part of aging and that there are solutions available to help you enjoy an active and healthy sex life now and in the future.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
There are many common causes, but the most common is related to your cardiovascular system. Your penile blood vessels are extremely small and thin, which means they’re often the first affected when you have cardiovascular issues like high blood pressure or hardening of the arteries.
Other conditions such as diabetes can also affect your circulation and therefore your ability to achieve and maintain an erection. Some other possible causes of erectile dysfunction can include medication, stress, and alcohol or drug abuse.
Dr. Chung performs a thorough exam and carefully considers your medical history and current health to determine the cause of your erectile dysfunction, so he can recommend the optimal treatment.
What can the doctor do for erectile dysfunction?
Dr. Chung is a fellowship-trained reconstructive urologist with advanced training in the medical and surgical management of erectile dysfunction. Your erectile dysfunction treatments can include one or more of the following, including:
Erectile dysfunction medication helps you to achieve and maintain an erection by increasing blood flow to the penis. This type of medication doesn’t produce on-demand erections and need to be timed in preparation for sexual activity. You must be sexually stimulated for the drugs to work.
Penile injections, which you administer yourself at home, dilate your arteries to boost blood flow to your penis dramatically. Compared to oral medications, injections are comprised of a higher concentration of medications that are delivered directly into the penis. Within around 5-20 minutes of the injection, you’ll have an erection that can last for anywhere from 30-60 minutes, or until achieving orgasm.
Vacuum erection devices
Vacuum erection devices are pumps that pull blood into the penis shaft to create an erection. You slide a band to the base of your penis to help you maintain the erection for up to 30 minutes.
In severe cases of erectile dysfunction, particularly if you have other problems like Peyronie’s disease, a penile implant may be a great option. Although a penile implant requires surgery, you will have the benefit of spontaneous erections which remain erect until you decide otherwise.
Erectile dysfunction treatment is highly individualized, so Dr. Chung prescribes treatment according to your health, needs, and preferences. For help from an erectile dysfunction specialist, call the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania offices of Paul H. Chung, MD, now.