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Title: Treatment of erectile dysfunction by perineal exercise, electromyographic biofeedback, and electrical stimulation
Authors: Van Kampen, Marijke ×
De Weerdt, Willy
Claes, Hubert
Feys, Hilde
De Maeyer, Mira
Van Poppel, Hendrik #
Issue Date: Jun-2003
Series Title: Physical therapy vol:83 issue:6 pages:536-43
Abstract: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Only a few investigators have described the involvement of the perineal muscles in the process of human erection. The aim of this research was to evaluate a re-education program for men with erection problems of different etiologies. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Fifty-one patients with erectile dysfunction were treated with pelvic-floor exercises, biofeedback, and electrical stimulation. RESULTS: The results of the interventions can be summarized as follows: 24 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. On the basis of several variables, a prediction equation was generated to determine the factors that would predict the effect of the interventions. The outcome was most favorable in men with venous-occlusive dysfunction. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Comparison of the results of the physical therapy protocol reported here with those obtained for other interventions reported in the literature shows that a pelvic-floor muscle program may be a noninvasive alternative for the treatment of patients with erectile dysfunction caused by venous occlusion.
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ISSN: 0031-9023
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Urology Section (-)
Research Group for Neuromotor Rehabilitation
× corresponding author
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