Chris Pod Hospital welcomes technology to aid men with erectile dysfunction

Chris Pod Hospital and Diagnostic Centre has embraced technology breakthroughs for men suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED) to enjoy life post-prostate treatment and care.

The technology, which comes in as an implant of a cylinder in men’s phallus known as a penile implant, has been proven by research that gives spouses of distressed erectile dysfunction patients over 90 per cent satisfaction when compared to other available remedies.

Addressing the hospital on “Why we should be interested in men’s health,” a Professor of Clinical Urology at Cornell University in New York, United States of America (USA), Ridwan Shabsigh, said in Accra on Tuesday that the implant comes in types – semi-rigid and inflatable.

According to him, the available solutions for erectile dysfunction, aside most preferred implant include optimising dose and instructions, improving diabetes control, treating testosterone deficiency and offering therapies like as penile self-injection.

He indicated that patients with penile implant therapy would be changed once every 15 years, however, most situations leading to post-cancer are avoidable through regular check-ups and early detection.

Prof Shabsigh, also doubling as the Chairman of Surgery at the SBH Health System at Bronx, past President of the International Society of Men’s Health and editor of the Journal of Men’s Health, said men oftentimes do not put their health first.

Thus, men are bent on achieving their goals and aspirations at the expense of their health and this has resulted in their average life expectancy being shorter than women’s regardless of geography, race or ethnicity.

He said while men exceed women in an average 12/15 leading cause of death, “men get sick and possibly disabled earlier in life than women, with substantial consequences to health, family and economy.”

Hitherto, there are potential opportunities in prevention and risk modification to reduce morbidity mortality.

In a broader term, he indicated that men’s health scope cover from male-gender specific diseases, non-gender specific diseases with high prevalence in men or special impact on men, behaviour with high prevalence in men and social situations with special impact on men.

Connecting the dots of situations that affect men’s pathway to diseases, he listed lack of exercise, overeating, smoking, stress, and overworking, which the consequences are erection dysfunction, low desire, low testosterone, subfertility and lower urinary tract symptom (LUTS).

These consequences could also degenerate into metabolic syndrome including abdominal obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, insulin resistance, hypogonadism, ED, subfertility and LUTS and later cardiovascular (CV) events such as intramuscular (IM) and stroke

Prof Shabsigh concluded that most men’s health challenges stem from lifestyle.

Despite, women’s and children’s health being equally important, he said men also need attention, given that their life is short and their health is a multidisciplinary study, expanding from psychiatry, psychology, endocrinology, urology, sex and reproductive medicine, cardiology and other specialities.

What is the prostate?

The prostate is like a walnut-size gland located behind the base of the penis, in front of the rectum and below the bladder. It surrounds the urethra, the tube-like channel that carries urine and semen through the penis.

The primary function of the prostate is to produce seminal fluid – the liquid in the semen that protects, supports, and helps transport sperm.

Why host a Urology Specialist?

The Medical Officer of Chris Pot Hospital, Dr. Emmanuel Awottey, said the health facility has one aim to achieve excellent healthcare for everyone and stand out in modern health delivery.

He added that the hospital has modern facilities and aspired to be the model for care in the country and the African continent as a whole.

Dr. Awottey stated that the hospital provides other services including free health screening to ensure they picked diseases at their early stages.


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