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Erection Problems: Surgery on Penile Blood Vessels - Topic Overview

Surgery on the veins to keep them from draining blood from the penis (venous ligation) is no longer done.

Surgery to repair blood vessels may be done for some men who have erection problems (erectile dysfunction).

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Penile revascularization

This surgery generally is done in younger men who have injuries that affect blood flow to the penis. During surgery, a portion of a blood vessel from elsewhere in the abdomen is used to bypass the damaged portion of the artery that supplies blood to the penis.

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Last Updated: May 14, 2012
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