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Surgical Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

Surgical Options for Erectile Dysfunction

Your doctor may suggest surgery to treat your erectile dysfunction or ED if other forms of therapy are not satisfactory.

Surgery is generally used to accomplish one of the following goals:

  • Implanting a prosthetic device within the penis, which causes an erection
  • Reconstructing the arteries within the penis to increase blood flow, which helps to facilitate an erection
  • Blocking off veins within the penis that allow blood to leave the penis, which helps to maintain an erection

Penile Implants for Erectile Dysfunction

In the past, the placement of a prosthetic device (also called a penile implant) within the penis was the only effective therapy for a man with an organic (having to do with a bodily organ or organ system) cause of erectile dysfunction.

Now, a penile implant is the last option considered. Nonsurgical treatment options are always tried before resorting to surgical options. Nevertheless, a penile implant remains a reliable form of therapy in highly motivated men when other treatments are unsuccessful.

Your doctor will discuss the benefits and risks of a penile implant with you and your sexual partner.

  • Almost all men with penile implants express satisfaction.
  • Part of this enthusiasm is related to the failure of other therapies and highly motivated users.

Two types of penile implants are available: a semirigid or malleable rod implant and an inflatable implant.

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