Erectile Dysfunction

An erectile dysfunction is a major burden for those affected and their partners. At alta uro, we take your fears and concerns seriously and offer you a treatment tailored to your needs.

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common sexual disorder in men. It stands for the inability to build up or maintain a penile rigidity sufficient for a satisfactory sexual intercourse. Common causes of ED include cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, penile or pelvic nerve damage, pelvic surgery, neurological disorders, or low testosterone levels.

Which diagnostics is required?

A detailed consultation is the basis of a diagnosis. The urologist goes into details on the medical history and sexual history. This helps to accurately assess the severity of the ED as well as to identify any risk factors. In addition, a physical examination and blood tests will be carried out. A further investigation is the so-called intracavernosal injection test, in which the flow rate of the blood in the penis after an artificially induced erection is determined.

What treatment for erectile dysfunction does alta uro offer?

When treating ED, it is important to understand the causes and consequences of the condition. We include physical and mental aspects of ED in the treatment. When it comes to treatment options, lifestyle recommendations are the top priority. For example, smoking cessation or regular sports can already lead to a significant improvement.

The so-called phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors play an important role in medication therapy. This group of medications leads to improved circulation in the penis and easier erections.

Another form of therapy is the so-called MUSE therapy. In this case, a medicated pellet is applied via an applicator in the urethra, which leads to an erection. Furthermore, there is the possibility of a penile injection therapy.  In this form of therapy, a vasodilator medication is injected directly into the penis with a very fine syringe.

Another innovative therapeutic procedure is the so-called extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT). Via a handy therapy head, which is connected via a cable with the shock wave generator, low-dose shock waves can be delivered directly into the tissue of the penis. This improves the circulation of the penis and thus the rigidity of the penis. Recent scientific evidence and experiences of our patients are very promising. Alta uro is pleased to be able to offer you the ESWT as one of the first centres in Switzerland.

If the conservative therapy methods are unsuccessful, a penile prosthesis can also be implanted.

Do you have further questions about erectile dysfunction? Feel free to contact us.