Erectile dysfunction, commonly referred to as ED, is an unwanted health condition experienced by countless men in the greater Plano, Dallas, Frisco and Richardson, Texas area. ED can range from the total inability to achieve an erection to a tendency to sustain an erection for a brief time. Causes of ED vary from patient to patient, with no single cause. Dr. Mark Allen often prescribes the AMS Spectra Concealable Penile Implant in patients with ongoing erectile dysfunction so they can regain their intimacy and self-esteem.
Common Causes of ED (Erectile Dysfunction)
While there are real physical and psychological reasons for ED, there’s no single cause. Common causes of ED include:
- Physical factors such as kidney disease, diabetes, vascular disease and chronic alcoholism
- Chemical factors such as antidepressants, tranquilizers, blood pressure medications and antihistamines
- Psychological factors such as stress, guilt, depression and anxiety
Erectile Dysfunction and Age
It is commonly understood the incidence of erectile dysfunction increases with age. 5% of 40 year old men and between 15-25% of 65 year old men experience erectile dysfunction. In the older generations, erectile dysfunction usually has a physical reason, such as disease, injury or side effects of prescription medications. Also, any disorders that may cause nerve damage or impairs blood circulation have been known to cause erectile dysfunction.
Yet, erectile dysfunction and age do not have to be connected in all men. Erectile dysfunction is treatable at any age and numerous men who have sought ED treatment are returning to their normal sexual activity because of successful treatment.
AMS Spectra Concealable Penile Implant as ED Treatment
Dr. Allen commonly prescribes the AMS Spectra Concealable Penile Implant for patients who have chronic erectile dysfunction. This is an ED treatment device that is a sterile, non-pyrogenic, single-use implant intended for use in the treatment of chronic, organic, erectile dysfunction in men who are determined to be suitable candidates for implantation surgery. The prosthesis consists of a pair of cylinders that are surgically inserted into the penis. The prosthesis is positioned up for intercourse or down for everyday activities. Once inserted into the penis, Dr. Allen will consult and coach the patient on how to function everyday with this device, and how to use it properly for sexual intercourse.
As with any penile implant device, the AMS Spectra Concealable Penile Implant has its list of advantages and disadvantages that must be considered by each patient:
Advantages of the AMS Spectra Concealable Penile Implant
- It represents a good option for men with limited dexterity
- Easy to use
- Totally concealed within the body
- Generally the simplest surgical procedure
Disadvantages of the AMS Spectra Concealable Penile Implant
- Remains firm when not being used
- Less appropriate for patients requiring repeated cystoscopy
For additional information on the common causes of ED, or for more resources on the AMS Spectra Concealable Penile Implant as an ED treatment option, please contact the Plano, Dallas, Frisco and Richardson, Texas urology office of Dr. Mark Allen.