Robert J Cornell, MD, PA
Urologist located in Houston, TX
Erectile dysfunction currently affects as many as 30 million men in the United States, and it’s not just older men. In fact, according to the Journal of Sexual Medicine, one out of every four new erectile dysfunction patients is under 40 years old. If you’re suffering from erectile dysfunction, Dr. Robert J. Cornell in downtown Houston can help. He has years of experience treating erectile dysfunction, including treatment using prosthetic solutions. To book an appointment, call our office or request an appointment online.
Erectile Dysfunction Q & A
What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection that’s satisfactory for intercourse. Over half of men over the age of 40 and more than 75% of men over the age of 75 have some form of ED. However, with the today’s advances in medicine and technology, nearly all of these men can be successfully treated.
Erectile dysfunction can be:
- A total inability to achieve an erection
- An inconsistent ability to achieve an erection
- A tendency to sustain only brief erections
What causes erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction can happen at any age, even after years of satisfying sex. Age itself is never the cause of ED. Recent medical research shows that more than 80% of men suffering from ED can trace its origin to a physical problem or disorder.
For most men, the specific physical problem or disorder can be easily identified. Once diagnosed, Dr. Cornell can recommend proper treatment to help you return to a satisfying sex life.
A variety of risk factors can contribute to erectile dysfunction, including:
- Medical conditions, particularly diabetes or heart problems
- Using tobacco, alcohol, or drugs
- Being overweight, especially if you're obese
- Certain medical treatments, such as prostate surgery or radiation treatment for cancer
- Injuries, particularly if they damage the nerves that control erections
- Psychological conditions, such as stress, anxiety, or depression
Certain medications, including antidepressants, antihistamines, and medications for conditions like high blood pressure can also cause ED.
How is erectile dysfunction treated?
There’s a broad range of non-invasive treatment options for men experiencing erectile dysfunction. Dr. Cornell helps you decide which options are right for you based on your specific needs. Non-invasive treatment options include:
- Oral medications
- Vacuum erection devices
If medications, injections, and other non-surgical therapies are not successful in resolving ED — and psychological causes are not suspected — Dr. Cornell may consider penile implant surgery. Penile implants can help you return to an active sex life, and studies show a high rate of satisfaction among patients and their partners.
Men are frequently reluctant to discuss their sexual problems, particularly ED. Starting a dialogue with Dr. Cornell allows him to begin the ED evaluation process — so that you can begin treatment as soon as possible.
To get started, call Dr. Cornell today or schedule an appointment online.