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How can surgery be used to treat erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
In some cases, doctors may recommend one of several surgical procedures to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). If the underlying cause of ED is an issue with the arteries into the penis, surgery may be done to repair those to improve the flow of blood into the penis. Sometimes, damaged veins may allow blood to flow out of the penis too quickly, so surgery may block off those veins and help the penis retain blood to make erections last. If medications and other treatments don't work, surgery may be done to implant prosthetic devices into the penis. In some cases, the implants are semi-rigid, malleable rods that help the penis stay firm. Other times, inflatable cylinders may be surgically inserted, which allows a man to expand the penis when needed. These implantation surgeries are usually only used as a last resort since they may be complex and can have serious complications, so talk to your doctor about your options.

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