For men who suffer from erectile dysfunction and nothing seems to work for them, they may opt for a permanent solution: a penile implant. For men who cannot get an erection sufficient for intercourse from other modes of treatment, this can make a man feel normal again.
These prostheses are placed inside the penis in a surgical procedure. These implants are not an appropriate treatment for a man if his erectile dysfunction is due to an infection.
There are differences between the different types of implants. Before having the surgery, it’s a good idea to understand what’s involved and the possible risks and benefits.
Types of Implants
There are two main types of penile implants: semi-rigid and inflatable.
The semi-rigid type has the least chance of a malfunction, as there are basically no moving parts. However, having one is like walking around with a semi-erect penis all the time, and this may make swimming at a public pool or beach nearly impossible.
Inflatable models require a pump to be placed inside the scrotum and a fluid-filled reservoir inside the abdomen. To get an erection, pump the fluid from the reservoir into the inflatable chambers using the pump placed inside the scrotum.
The inflatable penile implants are either a two- or three-piece system:
The three-piece inflatable allows a man’s penis to exist naturally as flaccid when deflated, but it offers the greatest rigidity with complete inflation.
The two-piece inflatable model also is semi-flaccid when deflated, has fewer moving pieces than the three-piece, but does not offer as firm of an erection as the three-piece.
Risks of This Type of Prosthetic
If you do decide to have a prosthetic implant, it will be a permanent solution to one’s erectile dysfunction. The reported side effects are extremely rare, but infections from the surgery are possible, as with any surgery.
A small risk is that the implant may malfunction. If this occurs, surgery would be required to repair the implant system.
In extremely rare cases the implant can erode through the penile skin. This also would require surgery to repair.
Benefits of a Penile Implant
Studies over a 10-year period show that a prosthetic implant is the most cost-efficient way to treat erectile dysfunction. Once healed, the doctor will advise the patient about when they can begin to resume normal activities and ultimately have intercourse – which is usually around the six-week mark.
The ultimate benefit is that it can give a man back his sexual ability.
Reconstructive Urologist in Nashville
If you suffer from erectile dysfunction or have had Peyronie’s disease, a penile prosthetic implant may be the solution. Dr. Knoll is world-renowned for his treatment of erectile dysfunction and has completed more than 7,000 successful surgeries – and he’s located right here in Nashville, Tennessee.