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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.v12.i3.60
9 pages

Functional Electrical Stimulation for Ejaculation

Richard Edlich
Legacy Verified Level I Shock Trauma Center Pediatrics and Adults, Legacy Emanual Hospital; and Plastic Surgery, Biomedical Engineering and Emergency Medicine, University of Virginia Health System, USA
Stuart S. Howards
Department of Urology, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0376
Tyler C. Wind
Plastic Surgical Research Program, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this collective review is to discuss the technique and effectiveness of rectal probe electroejaculation in conjunction with various assistive reproductive modalities. The electroejaculation probe is positioned inside the anal ring with the electrodes placed against the prostate gland and seminal vesicles, after which electrostimulation is begun. Rectal probe electroejaculation must be always employed in a hospital setting to detect and prevent autonomic dysreflexia. This technology is considered the best approach in patients with spinal cord injury levels below T10 or in other patients in which penile vibratory stimulation fails.