Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition that afflicts more than half of all middle-aged men. It may have underlying psychological, as well as physiological, causes. Two of the common contributing or causative factors in ED are peripheral artery disease and problems with circulation. If you suffer from ED caused by the lack of an adequate blood supply to your penis, your recovery starts with a visit to the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center in Brooklyn. An erectile dysfunction treatment can solve your problems. Call today for the best erectile dysfunction treatment.
What Is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) refers to a condition in which men can’t successfully attain or sustain an erection persistently. As a result, they can’t enjoy sexual intercourse. A common problem, ED produces a low quality of life and emotional angst in the affected men.
The condition afflicts 10 percent of middle-aged men, usually older than 35. The older you get, the more likely you’ll suffer from erectile dysfunction. As many as 70 percent of men older than 69 suffer from ED. For many of these men, the cause is tied to peripheral artery disease or other circulation problems, which obstruct the arteries that provide blood and nutrients to the penis.
If you have trouble achieving an erection due to an underlying peripheral artery disease, you can benefit from a revascularization procedure on the arteries supplying your penis. Seek an evaluation by Dr. Sergei Sobolevsky an endovascular specialist at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center in Brooklyn. He specializes in targeted image-guided vascular procedures, and he offers a range of treatments at his practice serving all Brooklyn and greater New York City.
What Are the Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?
There’s a great variety of symptoms associated with ED. The ones you may notice include:
- Difficulty getting or keeping an erection
- Sudden loss of erections
- Painful or prolonged erections
- Decreased libido
- Premature ejaculation
- Difficulty ejaculating
- Pain during sex
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty urinating
- Enlarged prostate, sometimes caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH
- Circulation problems
- Blood in your semen
- Decreased semen volume
These symptoms are due to various factors, including underlying health conditions, psychological issues and lifestyle choices. Common underlying health conditions associated with erectile dysfunction involve high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Psychological issues include depression, anxiety and stress.
I was thoroughly impressed with Dr. Sobolevsky’s expertise and professionalism during my vein treatment. He took the time to answer all of my questions and made me feel comfortable throughout the procedure. I’m thrilled with the results and would highly recommend him to anyone seeking vein treatment.
What Are the Best Erectile Dysfunction Treatments?
At the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center, you can count on a discrete approach as Dr. Sobolevsky evaluates and manages your ED. Depending on the clinical context, your erectile dysfunction treatment may include:
- Lifestyle changes. Sometimes, simply making changes to your life — like exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, quitting smoking and limiting your alcohol consumption — improves your ED.
- Your doctor may prescribe medications such as Viagra, Cialis or Levitra to treat your ED. These medications increase blood flow to your penis, allowing you to achieve and maintain an erection.
- Testosterone replacement. Increasing testosterone levels in your body may ease your ED symptoms.
- Endovascular revascularization. When the arteries supplying your penis have narrowed due to atherosclerosis, endovascular balloon angioplasty The goal of this procedure is to improve blood flow to your penis.
Due to the many causes of ED, managing the condition is most effective your physician collaborates with several other specialists. At the Downtown Vein and Vascular Center, Dr. Sobolevsky works in close collaboration with urologists, endocrinologists, psychologists and other specialists to identify and address the underlying physiological and psychological causes of erectile dysfunction.
What’s Involved in Revascularization of the Arteries Supplying My Penis with Blood?
The procedure that revascularizes the arteries supplying your penis is a minimally invasive procedure. During this angiography procedure, you’re given medication to relax, but you remain awake. The duration of the procedure varies, based on your anatomy and the number of arterial blockages. During the procedure, you can expect:
- After a local anesthetic is applied, your endovascular specialist gains access to an artery in your arm or groin.
- A series of thin catheters and guidewires are inserted into the artery.
- Your doctor uses live x-ray video imaging to navigate the catheters and wires through your arterial tree.
- Contrast dye is used to help the doctor see the blockages.
- After identifying the narrowed areas, the specialist inserts a tiny catheter equipped with a miniature balloon into the affected artery.
- The doctor performs a balloon angioplasty to mold the artery to a desired shape. Sometimes, the doctor also performs an endovascular stenting to keep the artery open.
- Once all instruments are removed, your doctor closes and dresses the arterial puncture wound.
After the procedure, you stay at the outpatient center for one to three hours, where you’re monitored while you rest. When your doctor decides you’re ready to go home, you receive additional instructions that include:
- Plan to rest and drink plenty of fluids
- Watch for unusual pain, swelling or bleeding at the insertion site
- Keep the insertion area clean and dry
- Avoid strenuous activities for up to a week
How Can I Prevent Erectile Dysfunction?
ED is an uncomfortable topic of conversation, but it’s a problem that affects many men. Because there are many causes, it’s difficult to point to one definitive solution to prevent it from happening. To reduce your risk, make conscious lifestyle choices. Eat right and exercise regularly, as staying physically and mentally healthy lessen your chance of developing erectile dysfunction. Several ways to reduce your risk of ED include:
- Stop consuming tobacco entirely
- Maintain a tight control of your sugar levels if you have diabetes
- Practice stress-relief techniques, such as yoga, meditation or massage
- Limit your consumption of processed foods, sugar and saturated fats
- Take dietary supplements, like omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and vitamin B12
- Sleep at least eight hours each night
- Take regular breaks throughout the day
- Try pelvic floor exercises
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Reduce anxiety or depression with counseling or therapy
Consulting a medical professional is the best way to deal with ED. When your condition is caused by atherosclerosis or arterial insufficiency, Dr. Sobolevsky at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center takes time with you. He develops a plan that’s tailored to fit your unique needs and lifestyle. Contact Dr. Sobolevsky to recapture your ED-free vitality.
Sergei Sobolevsky, MD, is a leading specialist in endovascular medicine with experience in vascular and interventional radiology. Dr. Sobolevsky has decades of experience in the field, with over 25,000 procedures performed, accumulating extensive experience in image-guided minimally invasive medicine, diagnosing and treating a range of conditions.
Dr. Sobolevsky earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in 1997 from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He received his specialty clinical training in vascular and interventional radiology at Harvard University. Later, he earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and named to the Top Doctors New York Metro Area in 2020, 2021, and 2022, Dr. Sobolevsky is licensed in multiple states, has delivered presentations at numerous institutions in the US and abroad, and now acts as a clinical advisor for the biomedical industry. He also held multiple positions in the field during his career, including Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, Senior Vice President in Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Artann Laboratories in North Brunswick, NJ, and Medical Director at the American Endovascular and Amputation Prevention Center in Brooklyn.More About Dr. Sobolevsky
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