Coronary bypass surgery to provide better blood flow to deficient areas of the heart is commonplace; the arteries of the heart in which blockage occurs are relatively large, and rerouting of blood is readily accomplished. In the penis, the internal pudendal system that provides arterial inflow can be easily bypassed when injury to a large vessel is the cause of erectile dysfunction. In the great majority of cases of penile arterial disruption, however, large-vessel disease cannot be demonstrated; the problem of low arterial flow originates within the corpora cavernosa, in the so-called helicine arteries. These arteries are very small, and are inaccessible unless the spongy erectile tissue of the corpora cavernosa is violated. In recent years, modest success has been reported in revascularizing the smaller arteries of the penis. The expert panelists in this symposium discuss the indications for such revascularization procedures, compare their techniques, and review the success rate in their work.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Pages (from-to)||27-32, 35|
|State||Published - May 1 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Advanced and Specialized Nursing