Stents for Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
Oct 20, 2011
Men with erectile dysfunction caused by clogged arteries leading to the penis may be helped by implant of a drug-coated stent, which is a treatment more commonly associated with heart disease.
According to a new study released yesterday at the annual meeting for Vascular Interventional Advances in Las Vegas, the stent is safe and improves erectile function in men who don’t respond to conventional drug therapy such as Viagra and Cialis.
The study found a 68 percent improvement in erectile function after three months in 30 men with an average age of 60 who were implanted with the stents. Their impotence was caused by narrowed pudendal arteries in the pelvis. There were no issues such as clots or the need for surgery one month after treatment in the study funded by Minneapolis-based Medtronic.