Erection Problems: Surgery on Penile Blood Vessels

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Erection Problems: Surgery on Penile Blood Vessels

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

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 artery that supplies blood to the penis.

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

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Andrew Swan, MD, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
Last Revised July 13, 2010

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