For long, millions of men have suffered at the cruel hands of erectile dysfunction (ED), which embarrasses them at a time when they are naturally expected to ooze confidence. The worse part of it starts when the treatment proves ineffective. Several ED drugs that may be successful in most cases fail when the problem is due to clogged arteries leading up to the penis.
Medtronic Inc, a Minnesota-based company that specializes in the development and manufacture of pacemakers, heart stents as well as surgical products, has come up with a gadget that can effectively deal with erectile dysfunction.
Medtronic confirmed that it has finished the first feasibility study which was done by studying a total of 30 men who had an average age of 60 years. All the men in this study were being affected by ED. Within a period of three months into the study, the company stated that the results they were getting were quite positive.
This revolutionary medical device is known as a stent, which is a small wire mesh tube – quite the same as the one used to open up blocked heart arteries. It is inserted inside the internal pudendal artery whose main function is to supply blood to the penis. A catheter is used to deliver the stent, which is placed in the pudendal artery. The artery gets de-clogged resulting in better blood flow through it to the penis.
Stents can be the answer for difficult cases where the diagnosis shows clogged penile arteries as the reason for ED. The blockage will simply not allow sufficient blood flow to the penis resulting in fragile erection.
Dr. Jason Rogers of UC Medical Center and a researcher of this Medtronic-sponsored trial commented that ED is basically a vascular disease and this is the main reason why the company has so much interest in it.
It has been estimated that there are about 30 million men in the United States who are suffering from ED, and about 300 million across the world.
Rogers also said that about 50 percent of men suffering from ED stopped drug therapy which included Viagra, Levitra and Cialis as a result of them not working, or developing intolerable side effects which included low blood pressure.