Impotence Treatments

Pellets and Injections

Oral medications do not work for every man. Many men use medicines that go directly into the penis. Edex® and Caverject® are treatments that are injected into the shaft of the penis with a needle. MUSE® is a tiny pill inserted into the urethra at the tip of the penis. These treatments usually cause an erection within minutes. These medications can be successful, even if other treatments fail.

Vacuum Devices

Another way to create an erection is to use a vacuum tube. In these treatments for impotence, the penis is inserted into the tube. As air is pumped out of the tube, the volume of the penis expands. Blood then flows into the penis and makes it larger, causing an erection. A specially designed rubber band is then placed at the base of the penis to keep the blood from flowing out.

Implant Surgery

If other treatments fail, some men will need surgery to treat impotence. A surgeon can implant a device that inflates or unbends to create an erection. For the inflatable device, a pump is also implanted under the skin. This pump fills two rods (inserted inside the penis) with fluid to cause an erection.
It's important to know that implanted devices do not interfere with the way sex feels.
This operation cannot be reversed. Once a man has a penile implant, he must use the device to have an erection. When considering your treatment options, be sure to talk with your doctor about the advantages and possible drawbacks of having a penile implant.

Other Forms of Surgery for Treating Impotence

Besides implant surgery, there are other forms of surgery that may be employed as impotence treatments. These include:
  • Artery reconstruction
  • Vein blockage.
Artery Reconstruction Surgery
Surgery to repair arteries can treat impotence caused by obstructions that block the flow of blood. The best candidates for such surgery are young men with a distinct blockage of an artery due to an injury to the crotch or fracture of the pelvis. This treatment for impotence is almost never successful in older men with widespread blockage.
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