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June 24, 2015 15:10 ET

PatientPerspectives.org, Resource for Penile Implant Patient Support, Reviews Erectile Dysfunction Treatment Options

PatientPerspectives.org Discusses Erectile Dysfunction Treatment Options Men Typically Use Before Their Decision to Undergo a Penile Implant Surgery

COLD SPRING, NY--(Marketwired - Jun 24, 2015) - PatientPerspectives.org, a CloudVisit Telemedicine and American Medical Systems collaboration, is a resource for men struggling with erectile dysfunction (ED) who wish to speak to men who have received a penile implant as a permanent solution to their ED. Discussions are held through secure online videoconferencing or through a phone call.

A penile implant is typically not a first treatment option. Instead, penile implant patients -- "Patient Champions," as referred to by PatientPerspectives.org -- have tried several other treatment options before deciding to go with a penile implant. Personal experience with ED and success with the penile implant procedure makes the Patient Champions ideal patient liaisons.

Oral Medications

Oral medications are a common option for ED patients. These are taken before sexual activity to relax muscles and increase blood flow to the penis. Oral medication for ED often cannot be mixed with other medications, and may not be effective for all men.

Vacuum Pumps

Vacuum pumps are cylindrical devices placed over the penis. As the vacuum pulls air out of the device, blood flows to the penis and an erection is produced. To maintain the erection, a constriction ring is placed at the base of the penis. While penile pumps have success for many users, others find the resulting erection does not feel natural, causes a difference in ejaculation, or disrupts the natural flow of sexual intimacy. The penile pump may cause penile bruising or tissue damage.

Penile Injections

With penile injections, alprostadil is injected directly into the penis. The medication dilates the blood vessels, producing an erection that lasts approximately one hour. Injections should not be used daily, and are generally limited to about 12 per month. Men using penile injections may report aching in the penis and bruising at the injection site.

Urethral Suppositories

Urethral suppositories are an alternative to penile injections. The same medication -- alprostadil -- is inserted into the urethra using an applicator. Just as with injections, the medication expands blood vessels and encourages blood flow. The overall effects of the drug are the same; the decision on how to administer it is a man's personal preference.

Penile Implant

A penile implant allows a man to achieve an erection whenever, wherever and for a long as desired. A pair of cylinders is implanted into the penis, the pump is implanted in the scrotum, and the reservoir is implanted into the lower abdomen. All components are completely concealed in the body and are designed to give the appearance of a natural erection. The penile implant is known to have a satisfaction rate of greater than 90 percent for both men and their partners.

It's important to discuss all treatment options with an ED Specialist who will help in choosing the best option. Success of each treatment varies from patient to patient.

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AMS -- an operating company of Endo International, PLC -- is a Minnesota-based worldwide leader in advanced, innovative medical technologies since 1972. Focusing on improving patient access and outcomes and providing caring, knowledgeable resources to anyone dealing with a pelvic health concern, all with the single goal of restoring patient self-confidence and quality of life.

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