Professional Statements and Societal Positions Guidelines
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) - 2016
According to the AAFP, oral phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors are the first-line treatments for ED. Second-line treatments include alprostadil, vacuum devices and when all other options are ineffective surgically implanted penile prostheses are an option (Rew et al., 2016).
American Urological Association (AUA) - 2018
In 2018, the AUA published revised guidelines on erectile dysfunction. According to the guidelines, men may choose to begin with the least invasive option, however any type of treatment as an initial treatment is a valid choice. The clinician is responsible to ensure that the man and his partner fully understand the benefits and risks/burdens associated with the choice and be informed of all the treatments (e.g., vacuum erection device, penile prosthesis) that are not contraindicated for the individual. The AUA also recommends against penile venous surgery and considers ESWT investigational.