The Particulars: Treatment options are limited for men with suboptimal responses to drugs for erectile dysfunction. Identifying men with these health issues early may improve erectile function. Studies have not assessed the relationship between stenting blocked arteries in the pelvis and erectile function.
Data Breakdown: A small trial was conducted consisting of men with refractory erectile dysfunction who underwent internal pudendal artery stenting. Recipients of these stents had an 84% improvement in erectile function over 12 months after the procedure. Improvements in blood flow through stented vessels remained durable, and no safety concerns were observed.
Take Home Pearl: Internal pudendal artery stenting appears to safely improve sexual function for certain men with erectile dysfunction that is unresponsive to medical therapy.