This Penile Rehabilitation Program can take up to a year, with therapy being initiated prior to your surgery. In order to better understand your pre-operative erectile function, we will be using objective and subjective measurements. Objective measurements will include an ultrasound of the penis, which is a test to assess anatomy (length, curvature), blood flow and record baseline function. Subjectively, you and your female partner (if applicable) will be asked to complete several questionnaires assessing sexual function. Understanding, and possibly treating, your female partner’s current sexual function can have a significant impact on your recovery of erectile function. A few blood tests, including testosterone levels, will also be taken. After surgery, these same tests and procedures will be performed in order to assess your progress and overall erectile function.
So, how does one ensure that testosterone levels remain in balance? Some doctors suggest that monitoring testosterone levels every five years, starting at age 35, is a reasonable strategy to follow. If the testosterone level falls too low or if the individual has the signs and symptoms of low testosterone levels described above, testosterone therapy can be considered. However, once testosterone therapy is initiated, testosterone levels should be closely monitored to make sure that the testosterone level does not become too high, as this may cause stress on the individual, and high testosterone levels may result in some of the negative problems (described previously) seen.
Yes. People with diabetes should wear identification stating they have diabetes and whether they have recurrent low blood sugar. Those at risk for the health condition should be counseled on checking blood sugars before they drive a car, operate heavy machinery, or do anything physically taxing. In addition, it is important to carry a quick-acting glucose source (such as those mentioned above) at all times, and keep a source in their car, office, and by their bedside. Efforts should be made to minimize the hypoglycemic effects of drug regimens and to avoid variable surges in exercise , activity, and drinking alcohol.