Laparoscopic treatment of pudendal nerve and artery entrapment improves erectile dysfunction in healthy young males

Int J Impot Res. 2021 Jan;33(1):1-5. doi: 10.1038/s41443-020-0287-8. Epub 2020 May 4.


Erectile dysfunction (ED) is increasingly becoming more common in young healthy males and is attributed mainly to psychogenic causes in these patients. Recent studies have reported that ED could be secondary to pudendal nerve or artery entrapment. This perspective assessed the efficacy of laparoscopic pudendal nerve and artery decompression in young patients suffering from refractory ED, associated to a pudendal nerve entrapment syndrome. After excluding patients with psychological ED and venous leakage, five young male patients with a history of both ED and pudendal nerve entrapment syndrome diagnosed based on the Nantes criteria were recruited. Pudendal nerve and artery release was performed using a laparoscopic transperitoneal approach. International Index for Erectile Function (IIEF-5) and erectile hardness score (EHS) improved significantly in all patients, 3 months after surgery. Pudendal nerve and artery entrapment could be therefore a reversible cause of ED in young healthy males, and its treatment by laparoscopic pudendal nerve and artery decompression seems to be safe and effective.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arteries
  • Erectile Dysfunction*
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy*
  • Male
  • Pudendal Nerve* / surgery
  • Pudendal Neuralgia* / surgery