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Impotence/Erectile Dysfunction (cont.)

Illustrations: Other Nonsurgical Interventions for Erectile Dysfunction

Picture of penile vacuum pump.
Picture of penile vacuum pump. A vacuum device can be used to produce an erection. Elements of the device include the cylinder, a pump to create a vacuum, and a constriction ring to be placed at the base of the penis after an erection has been obtained in order to maintain the erection.

Picture of vacuum device in action
Picture of vacuum device in action. This image demonstrates the vacuum device in place. Note the presence of the constricting ring at the base of the penis.

Picture of penile tourniquet.
Picture of penile tourniquet. This is one of many types of constricting devices placed at the base of the penis to diminish blood outflow and improve the quality and duration of the erection. These may be used in conjunction with oral drugs, injection therapy, and with vacuum devices.

Picture of vasodialtor injection into penis
Picture of vasodilator injection into penis. A vasodilator such as prostaglandin E1 can be injected. If the blood vessels are capable of dilating, a strong erection should develop within five minutes.

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