Erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection (impotence). It is a common problem that increases with age. There are many causes for erectile dysfunction including medical conditions (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and vascular disease), psychological causes (anxiety, depression and relationship problems), surgery (bowel and prostate surgery) and trauma.
There are a number of ways to treat erectile dysfunction, depending on the cause and the severity. These include medications, vacuum penile pump devices, injections into the penis and surgery (insertion of penile prosthesis).
Insertion of penile prosthesis:
This surgical procedure is used in men who are unable to gain an erection with other methods. A device made up of two balloon cylinders is inserted into the penis and attached to a pump device that is placed in the scrotum. When the pump is activated the cylinders in the penis fill to produce an erection.