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Meet Your Colleagues: Hussein Ghanem of Cairo
VEDs Improve Penile Oxygen Saturation After Radical Prostatectomy
Our latest ISSM Member Profile features Hussein Ghanem of Cairo, Egypt.
Dr. Ghanem is a professor of andrology, sexology, and STDs at Cairo University.
He earned his medical and doctoral degrees at that institution and then pursued training in male sexual function, reproduction, and micro-surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in the United States. Later, he trained in male reproductive medicine and surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, USA.
Dr. Ghanem has been an ISSM member since 1997 and says that the ISSM helps him stay "on the cutting edge of science."
When asked about the special challenges working in his geographical region, he said, "Educating the population about cultural myths and informing them about the dangers of female genital mutilation."
Please click here to read more about Dr. Ghanem. Other ISSM Member Profiles are available here.
Vacuum erection devices (VEDs) can improve oxygen saturation in the penis, according to American researchers.
As a result, the VED could be a viable option for penile rehabilitation after radical prostatectomy, they added.
Hypoxia - insufficient oxygen - is thought to contribute to erectile dysfunction after radical prostatectomy.
The pilot study involved 20 men with a mean age of 58 years who had undergone radical prostatectomy. All of the men had normal erectile function before surgery.
Each man cycled a VED on his penis 10 times without a constriction ring. Altogether, these cycles lasted about two minutes.
Using an oximeter, the researchers measured tissue oxygen saturation in five locations before VED use. Once the cycles were finished, measurement were taken at the same sites at 5, 15, 30, and 60 minute time points.
Overall, the oxygen saturation for the glans and the corpora significantly increased from baseline to each time point after VED use.
The study was published last month in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Please click here for more details.