Advertisement

Is surgery ever needed to treat erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A small percentage of men are candidates for erectile dysfunction surgery. Penile arterial revascularization is similar to cardiac bypass surgery. It's a procedure used to unblock blood vessels supplying the penis that may have been damaged or traumatized. Venous ligation surgery is used if blood vessels inside the penis are leaky, preventing a sustaining erection. A penile prosthesis can be implanted that inflates the penis before sexual activity, allowing the penis to stay erect. These procedures are mostly reserved for men who have some kind of penile damage or deformity but who don't have other medical conditions that affect potency.
Some forms of erectile dysfunction (ED) are treated with surgery. Depending on the cause of your difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection, there are three surgical options:
 
  • A device (prosthesis) is implanted into the penis that helps it become erect   
  • Damaged blood vessels in the penis can be repaired or replaced to increase blood flow needed for an erection
  • Leaky veins in the penis can be tied off to help maintain an erection

Continue Learning about Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

What is a penile band?
Jan L. Shifren, MDJan L. Shifren, MD
If you can get an erection but lose it because of leakage of blood from veins in the penis, you ...
More Answers
How can sex therapy help treat erectile dysfunction (ED)?
Jan L. Shifren, MDJan L. Shifren, MD
Sex therapy is often helpful for erectile dysfunction, even when physical factors are the princi...
More Answers
How Effective Are the Medications Used to Treat Erectile Dysfunction?
How Effective Are the Medications Used to Treat Erectile Dysfunction?
Lose Belly Fat, Improve Your Sex Life
Lose Belly Fat, Improve Your Sex Life

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.