Arterial Inflow Procedure: Latest Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

by | Feb 9, 2024

Discover the latest in erectile dysfunction treatment in Singapore. Arterial inflow procedures can help patients as an innovative medical intervention enhancing blood flow to the penile arteries, offering a targeted solution to address the root causes of ED.

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The Importance of Male Health

Sexual health is vital to a person’s overall health. It boosts mental health, reduces stress, lowers the risk of prostate cancer, and promotes intimacy. Unfortunately, erectile dysfunction(ED) is common, especially as men age, affecting their self-esteem and sex life. Luckily, there are many medications and cutting-edge procedures to assist those suffering from ED, such as the revolutionary Arterial Inflow Procedure.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction(ED) is defined as the inability of a man to maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Sexual arousal involves many different physical and psychological processes, and dysfunction from any of these can cause ED. Some common causes of ED include:

  • Low Testosterone
  • Treatments and Medications such as treatment for Prostate Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Scar Tissue
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure

 

Endovascular Erectile Dysfunction Treatment Options

While some causes of ED can be treated with lifestyle changes or medication, often there is an arterial issue that will require other options. Blood flow is imperative for penile erection. Often, physical conditions restrict blood flow, resulting in ED. While the first line of defense usually includes lifestyle changes such as exercise, diet, and medication, further treatment options are often required.

Although surgery options for ED have been available for a long time, newer, less invasive procedures are gaining momentum, including endovascular treatments. These treatments access and fix the blood flow in blood vessels using a catheter and small incisions.

Arterial Inflow Procedure Diagnosis

To determine who is a good candidate for an arterial inflow procedure, doctors will ask patients for their medical history, conduct a physical examination, and run tests. Some standard tests run to determine whether a patient is a good candidate for an arterial inflow procedure include:

  • A Color Duplex Doppler UltrasoundHigh-frequency sound waves are used to obtain an image of blood vessels and determine the direction and speed of the blood flow.
  • Penile Angiography: Dye is injected into penile blood vessels, and X-rays are taken to locate blockages or abnormalities.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging(MRI): Magnetic fields and radio waves create detailed body images.
  • Computed Tomography: Narrow X-ray beams are rotated around the body, producing digital images stacked to make a 3D image, allowing easy detection of blockages or abnormalities.

 

Arterial Inflow Procedure Treatment

If, after testing, a patient is discovered to have a blockage, narrowing, or abnormality causing his ED, an arterial inflow procedure, also known as penile revascularization, is a viable treatment option.

There are actually two categories of erectile dysfunction endovascular interventional procedures available at the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic. They are day surgery procedures done under sedation with quick recovery within a day. These are both done at the same time in most patients in a single session of treatment of about 60-90 minutes.

1A: Arterial inflow procedure (angioplasty/stenting) specifically involves access using tiny 2 mm incision in the artery of the groin or wrist. Small tubes called catheters are advanced into the arteries all the way to check if there is any blockage in arterial flow to the penis. The blood flow is opened up as required using balloon dilatation or stenting of blocked arteries. Occasionally, there are arteriovenous connections called fistula seen on angiogram stealin arterial blood from the penis that can be treated at same time. The procedure has high success rate and is minimally invasive.

1B: Venous leak embolization involves direct access of one of the draining veins under the skin of penis under ultrasound guidance. With this treatment, the site of leak is identified in the pelvis and occluded using surgical glue or occasionally dedicated occlusive coils using the same approach. 

What to Expect When Undergoing an Arterial Inflow Treatment

If you have decided to undergo an arterial inflow treatment, you likely will know what you can expect to experience. Not only does this treatment boasts a high success rate, the procedure is minimally invasive and generally performed as an outpatient procedure. Following the treatment, patients should rest. Bruising, pain, and swelling are all to be expected. It is essential to consult with your doctor concerning when you can resume normal and sexual activities, as the answer can vary on a case-to-case basis.

Contact Our Specialized Erectile Dysfunction Clinic in Singapore Today

If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction, the team at Supreme Vascular understands how important it is for your physical and psychological health to find a solution. Dr. Manish Taneja is experienced, skilled, and highly trained to ensure you will receive optimum care and results. Contact us today for optimal and world-class male health care in Singapore.

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment Options

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Consult an Erectile Dysfunction Specialist in Singapore

 

Dr. Manish Taneja, a certified vascular and erectile dysfunction specialist in Singapore, has extensive experience in the treatment of all endovascular interventional procedures and looks after male health including varicocele, erectile dysfunction (ED), and benign prostate hyperplasia. Come in for a further evaluation and contact us to arrange your erectile dysfunction appointment today.

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Other Male Health Conditions

The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is your “go-to” facility for various conditions and treatments. To arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our erectile dysfunction specialist, contact us. You can also call us at (+65) 6904 8084 for a consultation.