Erectile Dysfunction Specialist

Bayside Urology

Cesar Abreu, MD

Urologist & Urologic Oncology located in Down Town Clearwater, Clearwater, FL & Behind Mease Dunedin In the Medical Arts Building, Dunedin, FL

Between 10 and 15 million men in the United States struggle with a type of sexual dysfunction called erectile dysfunction. If you're one of them, urologist Cesar Abreu Jr., MD, and the rest of the team at Bayside Urology in Clearwater and Dunedin, Florida, specialize in improving your sex life with professional erectile dysfunction treatments. They offer medications, hormone therapy, penile implant surgery, and other effective solutions. To learn more about these treatments, call Bayside Urology, or book an appointment online today.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is a common occurrence for aging men. It happens when you’re unable to get or maintain an erection. If it only happens from time to time, it might not cause any significant issues in your life. However, consistent or ongoing erectile dysfunction can have detrimental effects on your self-esteem and intimate relationships.

In some cases, erectile dysfunction is a symptom of some other condition needing treatment or management. In other cases, it's a stand-alone issue that you can address and treat by itself. At Bayside Urology, the team specializes in helping you find the cause of your erectile dysfunction and treating it accordingly. 

Am I at risk for erectile dysfunction?

There are many conditions and circumstances that can put you at a higher risk for erectile dysfunction. During your initial appointment at Bayside Urology, the team performs a physical examination and asks for information about your medical history, your current health and habits, and any medications you take regularly. 

You may be at risk for erectile dysfunction because of:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Neurological conditions (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis)
  • Alcoholism
  • Substance abuse
  • Low testosterone
  • Stress
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Tobacco use
  • Certain medications

The Bayside Urology team helps you explore your risk factors and may order diagnostic tests to confirm or rule out other conditions causing your erectile dysfunction, like metabolic syndrome. 

Which treatments are available for erectile dysfunction?

After your initial evaluation, the Bayside Urology team creates an individualized treatment plan for you. It might include medications, therapies, lifestyle changes, or some combination of the three:

Medications

There are several oral medications available to improve blood flow in your penile region and enhance your ability to get and maintain an erection, including Viagra®, Cialis®, Uprima®, and Levitra®. The team might also recommend Muse®, a medicated pellet placed in your urethra. The team tells you how to take the medication for the best possible results. 

Injection treatments

While a penile injection that you use every time you want to have sex might seem intimidating, injections for erectile dysfunction are fast-acting and effective. The Bayside Urology team teaches you to use them safely.

Hormone treatments

In a few cases, low testosterone is a major contributing factor concerning erectile dysfunction. If testing confirms a testosterone deficiency, the team might prescribe testosterone replacement therapy.

Penile prosthesis treatments

If you’ve tried other nonsurgical treatments with no success, the team might recommend a penile prosthesis or implant. You can get a semi-rigid implant, which maintains its shape at all times, or a hydraulic penile implant that you can stiffen with a pump located in your scrotum.

If erectile dysfunction is becoming a regular issue in your life, don’t hesitate to book a consultation by phone or online at Bayside Urology.

For more information about erectile dysfunction, its causes, and available treatments, call Bayside Urology or book your visit online today.