A cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic performs an angiogram to look for a blockage and when he finds it, he places a stent in the artery.
Since the arteries that provide blood flow to the penis are in the pelvis, that's where the stent will live, not in the penis itself.
Cardiologist Dr. Mehdi Shishehbor performs the procedure. He says, "the reason for this is that 70% of people that have erectile dysfunction have some form of atherosclerosis, some form of blockage that may prevent blood flow from getting to the penis."
Dr. Shishehbor says the outpatient procedure takes about an hour and the recovery process isn't long. Some men can return to their normal activities the next day.
Candidates for the procedure are chosen by a highly selective process.