Urology specialist Cletus Roy Georges, MD offers information and advice surrounding the condition known as erectile dysfunction.
Most commonly a sign of an underlying physical or psychological condition, erectile dysfunction can cause stress, low self-confidence, and put a strain on relationships. A urology specialist with many years of experience in the field, Cletus Roy Georges, MD offers a closer look at erectile dysfunction, its symptoms, available treatments, and more.
“The main symptom of erectile dysfunction involves a man’s inability to get or maintain an erection,” explains Dr. Georges.
Patients suffering from erectile dysfunction, he says, should, in the first instance, be evaluated for any underlying conditions, both physical and psychological. “If an underlying condition cannot be found, or treatment of any such condition or conditions proves ineffective, medications and what is known as ‘assistive devices’ can be prescribed,” he adds.
Erectile dysfunction most commonly affects those aged 60 and above, Dr. Georges reveals, although the condition is becoming increasingly prevalent among men aged over 40, and may also affect younger individuals. “Easily treatable by medical professionals, erectile dysfunction is typically self-diagnosable and rarely relies on lab tests or imaging, for example,” the urology specialist continues, “although the condition can be chronic, lasting for several years, or even lifelong in other cases.”
Further to its main symptom of a man’s inability to get or maintain an erection, other symptoms of erectile dysfunction may include more general sexual dysfunction, reduced sex drive, soft erections, and anxiety, according to Dr. Georges. “If a patient suspects or finds that he is struggling with erectile dysfunction, he should approach either his primary care provider or a urologist such as myself,” he goes on to explain.
Patients may be referred to a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist, or be offered medications including Tadalafil, Vardenafil, Avanafil, and Sildenafil, as well as other so-called vasodilators, plus assistive devices, such as pumps.
“Hormonal options may also be explored,” Dr. Georges explains, “and self-care advice offered, such as increasing physical exercise or quitting smoking, where relevant, in an effort to combat the condition.”
“For further information or advice,” he adds, wrapping up, “anyone suspecting that they may be suffering from erectile dysfunction should consult either a urologist or their primary care provider at their earliest convenience for help in dealing with or managing the condition.”
Cletus Roy Georges, MD attended Weill Cornell University Medical College in New York City, graduating in 1991 and completing his residency in urology at Chicago’s Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center in 1997. Shortly after that, urology specialist Dr. Georges began his practice in Sebring, Florida, before relocating to Orlando where he remains settled today.