Over 30 million men in the U.S. have erectile dysfunction (ED). If this condition affects you, the experienced urologists at Hackensack University Medical Center can help. Our fellowship-trained physicians will create an individualized treatment plan to help you restore sexual function and achieve an intimate relationship with your partner.
As experts in the field of ED, we offer a full range of treatment options. We can even help men who have not succeeded with prescription medications (such as Cialis® and Viagra®). Our urologists have access to state-of-the-art technology and provide the latest, safest erectile dysfunction treatments.
Causes of ED
Erectile dysfunction, or the inability to achieve or keep an erection suitable for sexual intercourse, can affect men of any age; however, the condition is more common in older men. ED is often caused by an impaired blood supply to the penis and can be triggered by a number of factors, including:
Underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart problems
Medications, such as antidepressants and antihistamines
Excessive drug, alcohol or tobacco use
Sometimes emotional or psychological conditions such as stress, anxiety or depression may cause ED.
Our urologists understand that ED can be frustrating and embarrassing to discuss—even with your doctor. We will take the time to find the cause of your condition and provide you with fast, effective treatment.
ED Diagnosis and Treatment
Our urologists will conduct a thorough exam using the latest tools and techniques to help determine the cause of your ED. Your exam may include a special test called a penile Doppler ultrasound, which uses ultrasound technology to identify blood flow problems in the arteries and veins inside your penis. You may also be asked to answer questions about your health or provide blood and urine samples.
Treating other health problems, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, can sometimes cure ED. If our urologists suspect that your ED is caused by an underlying medical condition, they may refer you to another qualified specialist for further treatment.
After our specialists determine the exact cause of your ED, they will develop a customized treatment plan to help you return to a healthy sex life. Depending on the cause of your ED, treatments may include:
Medication. Your doctor may suggest a different medication if previous medication has been unsuccessful.
MUSE® therapy. This involves placing a tiny suppository inside your penis to induce an erection by increasing blood flow.
Injection therapy. An injectable form of medicine is used to increase blood flow to the penis.
Surgery. Specialized minimally invasive surgical techniques are used to insert a penile prosthesis.