Erectile Dysfunction Specialist

Fit Life MD

Francisco Cardona, MD

Hormone Replacement Therapy & Med Spa located in San Antonio, TX

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition that affects 30 million men in the United States. Though ED may occur from emotional stress, in most cases, the sexual dysfunction is a symptom of an underlying medical condition. As a board-certified internal medicine physician, Francisco Cardona, MD, at Fit Life MD in San Antonio, Texas, specializes in diagnosing and treating erectile dysfunction. He offers many innovative treatments to improve your sexual health, overall health, and general well-being. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Erectile Dysfunction Q&A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is the inability to attain or maintain an erection long enough for sexual satisfaction. Though it’s normal to experience impotence on occasion, with ED, your inability to get or sustain an erection is a recurring problem.

Erectile dysfunction is a common problem that may affect your intimate relationship, self-esteem, and self-confidence.

If you have trouble with impotence, Dr. Cardona at Fit Life MD provides expert evaluations and effective treatment plans. 

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Though psychological concerns may lead to erectile dysfunction, in most cases, the sexual dysfunction develops from an underlying medical condition. Common causes of erectile dysfunction include:

  • Reduced blood flow to the penis
  • Peyronie’s disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes 
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal imbalance like low testosterone
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Prescription medication (e.g., medication for high blood pressure or depression)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Drug use
  • Use of tobacco products

Stress, anxiety, and relationship problems may also cause ED. Your risk of developing erectile dysfunction increases with age. 

What are the treatments for erectile dysfunction?

When you visit Fit Life MD looking for help with erectile dysfunction, Dr. Cardona conducts a comprehensive evaluation to develop the most effective treatment plan. 

Initially, he may recommend lifestyle changes to improve your sexual health, such as weight loss, regular exercise, or smoking cessation. He also prescribes medication to improve erections, such as Stendra®, Viagra®, or Cialis®. 

Additionally, Dr. Cardona is a hormone therapy expert and may recommend testosterone or growth hormone therapy to help with ED and libido. 

In addition to traditional medical care, Dr. Cardona also offers innovative treatments for ED such as:

Low-intensity shockwave therapy

Low-intensity shockwave therapy uses short-pulses of pressure to exert mechanical stress on your penile tissue. This mechanical stress sets off a cascade of wound healing responses that trigger the formation of new blood vessels to improve blood flow to the penis. 

Dr. Cardona recommends two low-intensity shockwave therapy treatments a week for three weeks to get the best results. 

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) shot

PRP is a form of regenerative medicine that contains platelets and growth factors, which are the natural healing elements in your blood.

For erectile dysfunction, Dr. Cardona injects PRP into the head and shaft of your penis. The injection activates the healing response and the formation of new blood vessels and nerve endings to improve penile health and sensation.

For comprehensive management of erectile dysfunction, call Fit LIfe MD, or book an appointment online today.