Male Enhancement Surgery Alternatives in 2017
2017 may go down in history as the year of alternative ED treatments!
The medical management of erectile dysfunction (ED) has evolved greatly over the past several decades. Prior to the introduction of oral phosphodiesterase inhibitors (PDE5i) such as Viagra, Cialis and related medications, doctors were able to offer patients one of only two definitive surgical treatments for ED: implantation of penile prosthesis and surgical penile revascularization.
The introduction of Viagra and related oral ED medications have ushered in a new era of alternatives to male enhancement surgery to treat erectile dysfunction. We now have five oral ED medications available: the early introductions – Viagra, Cialis, Levitra – and newer ones, Stendra and Staxyn. While these drugs can be very effective, we know they are not indicated for all men suffering from ED, and the do not offer “male enhancement,” in terms of increased penis size.
There are also many men who prefer not to use drugs, or have had some undesirable side-effects with oral ED drugs. This has led to the development of several alternative treatments for ED.
Non-surgical Alternative Treatments for Male Enhancement in 2017
Before the introduction of Viagra, penis pumps and vacuum devices were one of the only alternatives to implant surgery for male enhancement. Regardless of the manufacturer, these devices all work by exerting a negative pressure on the penis, which results in an increase in corporeal blood flow and subsequent erection.
Today, the interest in developing safer, effective and less invasive protocols for the treatment of ED is astounding. In fact, the years between 2010 and 2020, may go down in history as the “Decade of Erectile Dysfunction.” This is not because of an increase in the number of sufferers of ED, but because in the last seven years, there have been astonishing breakthroughs in advanced treatments for ED. And, current research suggests that the next five years will only deepen our understanding, and further expand our treatment options for this frustrating condition.
Some of the latest treatments for ED include:
- Intracavernous Injections – In Intracavernosal therapy, a “Tri-mix” of medications, usually a combination of alprostadil, papaverine, and phentolamine are self-injected directly into the penis. The needles are very thin and the injection is virtually pain free. This custom compounded blend of three medications have proven to be a safe and effective alternative treatment option for men who are dealing with erectile dysfunction, or even for men that would just like to improve performance. Blood flow to the penis increases almost instantly upon injection.
- MUSE Therapy – Similar to penile injections, is another treatment known as the “medicated urethral system for erection,” or MUSE. In MUSE therapy, tiny pellets containing medication similar to Trimix are inserted via the urethra into the penis before intercourse. The pellets have been designed as an alternative for men who are just too squeamish to think about a penile injection, or who could never get used to doing the injections correctly. The MUSE method uses a disposable plastic applicator to insert a pellet about an inch into the urethra. From there, the drug is quickly absorbed by the surrounding tissue and reaches the corpora cavernosa, where it dilates the arteries, and provides a powerful and sustainable erection.
- PRP Therapy – One of the latest and most effective alternative treatments for ED uses Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP. PRP uses the healing and growth factors in the patient’s own blood to improve his ability to obtain and maintain an erection. One of the first such PRP treatments for ED to be introduced was the P-shot. In our practice we have improved upon the P-shot, and created our own proprietary PRP treatment known as the Gains Enhancement®. Unlike TriMix or other intracavernous injections, PRP injections are completely drug-free, and have minimal side effects.
- GAINSWave (ESWT for ED) – In the case of ED, the procedure uses high-frequency acoustical waves to open and repair blood vessels in the penis that tend to build up with plaque, or otherwise become compromised over time.
If you would like to explore any of these alternatives to painful and invasive penile implant surgery for male enhancement, contact our offices today!
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