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Noninvasive alternative for the treatment of patients with erectile dysfunction caused by venous occ

04 Aug
Noninvasive alternative for the treatment of patients with erectile dysfunction caused by venous occlusion.
Belgian researchers in the Physical Therapy Department of University Hospital in Leuven tested a new biofeedback protocol for erectile dysfunction, with exciting (forgive the pun) results.

The program, involving pelvic-floor biofeedback, pelvic floor exercises, and electrical stimulation, was offered to 51 patients with erection problems due to different medical conditions.

As a result of treatment, twenty-four patients (47%) regained a normal erection, 12 patients (24%) improved, and 6 patients (12%) did not make any progress. Nine patients (18%) did not complete the therapy. Outcomes were most favorable in men with venous-occlusive dysfunction.

Comparison of these results with those obtained from other interventions reported in the literature shows that a biofeedback/pelvic-floor muscle program may be a good, noninvasive alternative for the treatment of patients with erectile dysfunction caused by venous occlusion.

Citation: Van Kampen M, De Weerdt W, Claes H, Feys H, De Maeyer M, Van Poppel H
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award