Erectile dysfunction. It can be frustrating and extremely personal. Men can experience this condition as a major loss in their lives.
Actually, erectile dysfunction (ED) is a medical condition. It can be diagnosed, treated, and, sometimes, even cured. Penile implantation can be a permanent, effective solution to ED. Take Our Erectile Dysfunction Quiz
A Coral Gables urological surgeon can perform penile implantation designed to restore normal sexual function to men with ED who don’t respond to drug therapy. Penile implant surgery can be done as a minimally invasive outpatient procedure.
Questions & Answers About Penile Implants
What are Penile Implants?
Flexible prostheses permanently implanted inside the spongy chambers of the penis. They are commonly used to treat the men who have ED who don’t respond to drug therapy. Some conditions that could make men seek a penile implant are diabetes and prostate surgery. The implant provides an erection.
What Kinds of Penile Implants Are Available?
- Inflatable implants allow the penis to look and feel either erect or flaccid. You pump fluid from a storage bulb, implanted in the scrotum, to make the penis erect. A release valve makes the penis flaccid again. Using the device properly may take some skill and practice.
- Mechanical Implants have bendable rods that can make the penis appear erect. When not in use, the rods can be bent downward. Some implants have joints that lock into position.
How Long Has Penile Implantation Been Available?
Since the early 1970s. Thousands of implants have been done over the decades. Generally, penile implants are effective and safe.
How Complex is the Surgical Procedure?
Penile implantation can be done as outpatient surgery under regional anesthesia. Patients can return to work in several days. Patients need to wait about four to six weeks before they resume sexual activity with the implant.
How Does an Implant Feel During Sexual Experiences?
A penile prosthesis does not change sensation on the skin of the penis or a man's ability to reach orgasm. Ejaculation could be normal or it could be affected by conditions causing ED.
How Effective Are the Implants?
Success rates with the prosthesis are high, and, typically, three-quarters of men are satisfied with the results and say they would choose the surgery again.
What About Risks?
As with any surgery, there is risk of infection and bleeding. In a very small percentage of cases, the implant could fail and need to be replaced.
Is The Surgery Covered By Health Plans?
Medicare and many health care plans may cover penile implants for men with erectile dysfunction. Patients should check with their health insurance carrier for specific coverage information.
All photos of models shown are for illustrative purposes only. Not actual patients.