Five years ago Duane, 66, suffered from a three-day erection after taking what he says was a regular dose of Viagra. Ever since then, he hasn’t been able to get a full erection. He’s been told that his only option now is a penile pump. Duane wants to know, is there anything else that will help him get an erection and will Medicare cover him?
What you had is called priapism. Priapism is a prolonged, painful erection that continues for over four hours without any stimulation. Some people think a three-day erection is a joke, but it’s not a joke. It’s a really serious problem.
The reason priapism hurts is because you don’t get enough oxygen in the blood traveling to the penis and blood doesn’t flow from the penis to the rest of your body. Your penis essentially stops working. It also develops scar tissue on the inside.
Priapism can lead to complete erectile dysfunction where you need a prosthesis. A prosthesis is the last option, though. But, don’t be scared of them. I can tell you I’ve seen patients get one who loved it.
Before you get a prosthesis, you need to see a urologist to check the blood flow to your penis first. If you have enough blood flow, you won’t need a prosthesis. Not all priapism is the same and the damage it causes can vary. You say you can still achieve a semi-erection. If you can get semi-erect it means your not dead yet and you might only need something like Viagra. I know you’re probably scared of Viagra now.
Medicare does pay for issues related to erectile dysfunction. You should go see a urologist, which Medicare is supposed to cover. The doctor will check the health of your penis and will be able to tell you what your best options are.