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Care and Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

Why Choose Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction at University of Colorado Hospital?

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The Urology and Urodynamics Clinic at University of Colorado Hospital is recognized nationally for its care. Our doctors have training in caring for a variety of urologic conditions, including erectile dysfunction.

We offer our patients access to the latest research and testing and treatment options. Our urologists are the only group in the region with fellowship training in a number of sub-specialties, including:

  • Oncology
  • Urogynecology
  • Laparoscopy
  • Stone disease
  • Pediatric urology
  • Reproductive and sexual medicine

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is difficulty getting or keeping an erection. It is estimated that it affects between 15 and 30 million men in the United States. Approximately 5 percent of 40-year-old men and between 15 and 25 percent of 65-year-old men experience erectile dysfunction.


A number of factors can cause erectile dysfunction:

  • Clogged blood vessels
  • Nerve damage
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Injury
  • Disease
  • Drugs (prescription or illegal)
  • Age
  • Psychological factors

We offer a variety of treatments for men of all ages with erectile dysfunction.

Tests & Treatments

Tests for Erectile Dysfunction


  • Physical examination. Your doctor will examine you for possible causes of erectile dysfunction.
  • Blood counts. Your blood is tested for infections and diseases.
  • Urinalysis. Urine is tested for various compounds, like nitrates, blood, bacteria and crystallized minerals.
  • Lipid profile. A blood test that measures fat.
  • Measurement of liver enzymes and creatinine. A blood test that checks for liver and kidney disease or damage.


Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction


  • Lifestyle changes. Includes quitting smoking, losing weight and increasing exercise.
  • Medications. Oral or injected drugs can help reverse erectile dysfunction
  • Vacuum devices. A mechanical device creates a vacuum that pulls blood into the penis; this helps create an erection.
  • Surgically implanted devices. One of two types of devices (malleable or inflatable) is surgically inserted into the penis. These can restore erections for many men with erectile dysfunction.
  • Surgery. There are two types of surgery for erectile dysfunction:
    • Surgery to repair arteries: can clear obstructions that block the flow of blood. This works best for young men with artery blockage caused by injury.
    • Surgery to veins that allow blood to leave the penis: blocks off veins and prevents blood from leaking out of the penis during an erection.

Patient Education

Episodes of Erectile Dysfunction

It's likely that most men will experience an occasional episode of erectile dysfunction at some time in their lives. But when it becomes an ongoing problem, it can affect a man’s self-image and intimacy with his partner.


Erectile dysfunction is treatable at any age. New treatments for ED are helping more men regain normal sexual function. If you are having difficulty getting or keeping an erection, consider seeing one of our specialists.


Additional Erectile Dysfunction Resources

American Urological Association Foundation
Current and comprehensive urologic health information for patients, researchers and the public.


American Urological Association
A patient education site written and reviewed by urology experts.

Erectile Dysfunction Research

University of Colorado Hospital urologists participate in a variety of research activities. The research laboratory is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Research is conducted in a number of areas, including:

  • Pediatric urology
  • Voiding dysfunction
  • Urinary stone disease
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Urologic oncology
  • Minimally invasive approaches to urologic surgery

Erectile Dysfunction Research Trials

Doctors at University of Colorado Hospital are conducing a study that places nerve growth harbors on the nerves that give men erections after prostatectomy. The goal is to help men regain quality sexual function more quickly after radical prostatectomy. Contact Dr. Shandra Wilson,