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Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Correcting Clogged Arteries in the Penis

07/14/2011

Question:

I`m a 53 year old male with ED. I was using injections which worked very well. I believe that my type 2 diabetes has either did somthing to my circulation or the arteries that supply blood are blocked. Can surgery be done to unclog or reroute blood flow in the penis so that a full erecton can be achieved or are prothesis the only thing available?

Answer:

Unfortunately, erectile dysfunction related to diabetes is multifactorial. Reduced circulation, loss of elasticity of the tissue and neuropathy are few to mention. Revascularization of the organ has gained limited support for its lack of accepted positive result. Penile implant is an excellent option if medical or mechanical (vacuum device) therapy is no longer effective.

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Response by:

Ahmad  Hamidinia, MD Ahmad Hamidinia, MD
Formerly, Professor of Clinical Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati