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Erectile Dysfunction: Vascular Reconstructive Surgery

Vascular reconstructive surgery is performed to improve the blood supply of the penis in attempts to improve a man's ability to get and maintain an erection. Because the procedure is technically difficult, costly, and not always effective, it is very rarely performed.

What Happens During Vascular Reconstructive Surgery?

Vascular reconstructive surgery of the penis generally involves bypassing blocked arteries by transferring an artery from an abdominal muscle to a penile artery so that it creates a path to the penis that bypasses the area of blockage that is inhibiting blood flow to the penis.

Who Is Eligible for Vascular Reconstructive Surgery?

Only a small percentage of men may be candidates for vascular reconstructive surgery, in particular young men suffering from ED as a result of trauma to the penis and surrounding areas. If you fall into this category, talk to your doctor to see if this surgery is right for you.

How Effective Is Vascular Reconstructive Surgery?

Unfortunately, the long-term results from vascular reconstructive surgery have been disappointing with even the best of results showing only one out of 20 men improved. However, for younger men with a single damaged blood vessel that occurred as a result of a pelvic or genital injury, the success rate for this treatment is higher (50%-75%).

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Reviewed by Charles E. Jennings, MD on September 12, 2013
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