Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Erectile dysfunction is a condition which affects millions of men throughout the UK. While it is often associated which ageing, erectile dysfunction can occur at any age.
Erectile dysfunction can occur as a result of various health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. It can even occur as a result of previous surgeries, injuries or as a result of mental health conditions. Prior to undergoing surgery, it is recommended that you have an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your erectile dysfunction.
There are numerous surgical options available for erectile dysfunction. These include:
You will be a suitable candidate for surgery if you have been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction which you are wanting to treat.
It may be suitable for those who have had no success with non-surgical treatment options.
Men who have structural problems or have severe diabetes which has caused damage to the blood vessels may also be suitable candidates.
Prior to undergoing surgery, you will have a consultation with one of our surgeons. They will be able to assess whether or not you are a suitable candidate, and which surgery is the best option for you.
Erectile dysfunction surgery will be performed under a general anaesthetic. At Centre for Surgery, this is known as ClearSleep™.
You will be able to return home the same day as the procedure, avoiding having to stay in a hospital overnight.
Surgery will vary depending on which procedure you are undertaking.
Options for surgery include:
There are two different types of penile implants available for men with erectile dysfunction. This includes a malleable or semirigid rod implant or an inflatable implant.
The implant is generally not noticeable. You will have a small scar between the penis and the scrotal sac. Implants will not affect the sensation or impact on any sexual activities.
Vascular reconstructive surgery
There are multiple ways in which vascular reconstructive surgery can take.
This can often be an appealing option as it does not require the use of implants. However, there are few people who are considered suitable candidates for this option. It is generally suited to younger patients who have sustained an injury to the penis, which is causing the erectile dysfunction. It is also considered less effective and more expensive than implants.
Following erectile dysfunction surgery, it is normal to experience pain and discomfort, as well as seeing swelling, bruising and redness. You may need to take pain medication for the first few weeks.
You may also be given antibiotics to help reduce the risk of infection occurring.
You may need to wear a garment which will help to provide support as well as reduce swelling.
You may need to take a few days off work. This will vary from person to person and will depend on which type of job you have.
You will need to avoid any sexual activities for about four to six weeks to avoid any injury and wound complications.
There are two options which you can undertake for erectile dysfunction surgery. These include:
You will be given a general anaesthetic prior to undergoing the procedure. This means you will be asleep for the whole procedure.
At Centre for Surgery, our general anaesthetic is known as ClearSleep™. This form of anaesthetic does not rely on the use of any breathing machines or tubes, removing the risk of damage to your throat, mouth and teeth. You will be able to wake up quickly following the procedure and with a heightened sense of wellness, avoiding that groggy feeling often associated with anaesthetic.
You will need to take a few days off work.
You may require a longer period off work if you are in a manually intensive job.
You will have to avoid any sexual activities for four to six weeks. This will help to avoid any injuries, particularly to the wound.
You will be required to wear a garment following surgery. This will help to give you extra support, and also reduce the swelling. Your surgeon and the surgical team will be able to advise you on the correct garment you will need.