Stent Aims to Help Stop Erectile Dysfunction

"For men [in whom] pills or vacuum devices do not work, this method of drug delivery may be better accepted than the current suppositories or direct injection into the penis. It will be an interesting trial to follow," said Dr. Martha K. Terris, chief of urology at the Augusta VA Medical Center in Georgia.

Other doctors agreed that demand would not be a problem if the trial were successful.

"All men with erectile dysfunction will want to know if they are candidates for the stent," said Dr. Ira Sharlip, a clinical professor of urology at the University of California at San Francisco, and immediate past president of the International Society for Sexual Medicine.

At the same time, he said, "[It] remains to be seen if it works and for whom."

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