An Indore doctor's claim to cure erectile dysfunction through an innovative surgery has raised hope among the impotent.
V.K. Agarwal, an ex-dean and professor with the MGM Medical College in Indore, says the surgery - the first of its kind in the world - will not only cure penile problems, but "also lead to an answer for all incurable diseases in the future".
"Impotency may be the result of psychogenic, neurogenic or hormonal factors. Vascular disease is one of the leading causes - 90 percent - of erectile dysfunction," Agarwal told IANS on telephone.
"Surgical penile treatment with silicon implants in such patients is done but it is very expensive, full of complications, sometime embarrassing and the results are not always satisfactory," he added.
"A colour Doppler examination of a patient showed only 30 percent blood circulation in his penis - the root cause of his problem. I discussed the case with Sanjeev Kumar, a urologist with the Hammersmith Hospital and Post Graduate Institute, London, and decided to perform an omental transplant to revive full blood circulation in the patient's genital limb," the doctor said.
"Omentumm was grafted in the affected area without even touching the genitalia and the technique bore fruits. I would advise surgeons all over the world to operate upon such patients and save their lives.
"My patient was discharged from hospital in 10 days and allowed intimacy with his wife after 21 days. I repeated the colour Doppler test after three months of the operation and found the blood circulation in affected parts absolutely normal," Agarwal claimed.
On making the disclosure three months after the operation, he said: "The process of full blood circulation in an affected area takes at least 90 days. So we had to wait for this period for the patient's color Doppler examination. Now images of Doppler are before us and we can see full blood circulation in his penile limb."
Agarwal said the operation was not an experimental or a trial and error one. "Before this operation, I had saved over 1,000 gangrene suffered limbs by the same omental transplantation technique," he claimed.