Information for the public
What has NICE said?
This procedure is safe enough and works well enough for use in the NHS.
Health professionals should tell men about other treatments. They should also tell them that they may need another procedure if their symptoms come back.
More research on this procedure is needed and NICE may look at it again if more evidence is published.
What does this mean for me?
Your health professional should fully explain what is involved in having this procedure and discuss the possible benefits and risks with you. They should also discuss other treatments, and the fact that you might need to have another procedure if your symptoms come back. You should also be told how to find more information about the procedure. All of this should happen before you decide whether you want to have this procedure or not.
Your health professional may ask you if details of your procedure can be collected.
Other comments from NICE
NICE said that, like other treatments, this procedure is unlikely to permanently relieve symptoms. Some men might prefer it to other procedures that have a greater risk of causing problems with erections. Some may also prefer this procedure to having to take medication for a long time.