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Vascular Reconstructive Surgery for ED

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Vascular reconstructive surgery is one way to improve blood flow to the penis to help a man with erectile dysfunction (ED) get and keep an erection. 

Doctors rarely recommend the operation, though, since it's technically difficult, costly, and doesn’t always work.

What Happens During the Surgery?

The goal of the operation is to bypass blocked arteries that cause erection problems. 

A surgeon transfers an artery from a muscle in the belly to one in the penis. This creates a path for blood to move around the problem area.

Who Should Get the Operation?

It may be a good option for only a few men, usually those who are younger and have ED because of an injury to the penis and the area around it. If that's you, talk to your doctor to see if this surgery is right for you.

Does It Work?

Unfortunately, vascular reconstructive surgery doesn’t seem to work very well over time. Even the best studies show that only 1 out of 20 men improved after the treatment. The success rate is higher for younger men with a single damaged blood vessel from a pelvic or genital injury.

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Reviewed by Stuart Bergman, MD on September 13, 2015
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