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Sexual Dysfunction - Treatment Options - Surgical Methods

There are two types of surgery used to treat impotence:

Penile implants

Devices implanted in the penis were one of the first methods for treating impotence. Since the introduction of Viagra and other treatments, the number of implants performed yearly has declined. An implant generally is used only when other treatments have not worked. Two basic implants can be inserted surgically into the penis: a semirigid rod and an inflatable rod. Implants may not be appropriate for men with diabetes due to the infection risk. Early implant models had a higher rate of mechanical problems than current versions, but problems still can occur.

Vascular surgery

Surgically repairing blood vessels to increase penile blood flow is considered experimental by the American Urological Association This procedure, used to reroute blood flow in the penis, generally is not successful. Surgical repairs of leaking veins usually only yield temporary results. Such procedures carry a risk of infection, and therefore may not be appropriate for men with diabetes.

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