Urology Services

Erectile Dysfunction and Andrology

Erection problems are common in men as they get older, but there are a range of options available to improve the quality of erections.

The simplest treatment for impotence is medication which is successful in up to 70% of men. If tablets are not effective, or cannot be prescribed because of other health problems, then there are alternatives, both surgical and non-surgical:

  • Penile injections for Erectile Dysfunction (impotence): Self-injection of alprostadil (Caverject®) into the penis to produce an erection sufficient for intercourse.
  • Penile straightening (Nesbit or LUE operation): This is a procedure to correct curvature of the penis during erection. It is a suitable treatment option for men whose penis is too bent to permit penetration.
  • Insertion of penile prosthesis for Erectile Dysfunction: This procedure involves insertion of artificial implants (prostheses) into the penis to allow men to achieve erections for sexual intercourse. Penile prostheses are usually reserved for men who have tried and failed other medical treatments such as tablets, injections, vacuum devices or pellets. It may also be used in men with other conditions in which erections have been affected, such as following priapism (prolonged, painful erections) or Peyronie’s disease (curvature of the penis).

You can find out more about the above and other erectile dysfunction and andrology issues on the Newcastle Urology website.

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