Are Penile Implants Safe?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common issue, with as many as 30 million men having some degree of ED in the United States alone. Some studies have shown that as many as 5% of all men over the age of 40 have level of ED. Although certain medications such as Viagra can help many men achieve and maintain an erection long enough to have sex, a penile implant is one of the most remarkable options available. Penile prosthetics (implants) are minimally invasive, and are considered both safe and effective. The implantation of a penile device often requires an overnight stay in the hospital.

All About Penile Implants

Penile implants have been successfully used for over forty years. New advances in medical technology have come a long way in creating more natural looking and higher performing penile implants. Penile implants come in a variety of forms and can be classified as either inflatable or semi rigid (malleable).

Internal inflatable penile implants feature some form of pump, dual cylinders and an air reservoir. When you are ready for sex, you simply engage the pump with a few squeezes, thus inflating the chambers and creating an erection. Many require only one hand to inflate or deflate the implant.

In the case of the semi-rigid penile implants, the system consists of two coated rods (often either silicone or high-density plastic) over a series of adjustable segments that surround a metal core. The sections can be manipulated into a rigid form so that it is straight during sexual intercourse and bent downward when not in use. The semi-rigid penile implant is the least expensive option, as well as the simplest to use.

The ability to achieve orgasm is not affected by a penile implant. Men can have satisfying sexual encounters and ejaculate normally with either form of penile implant. Your doctor will be able to advise you about which penile implant will be best for you. Considerations may include:

·       Previous penile surgeries

·       The size of the penis, glans (tip), and or scrotum

·       The ratio of penis to scrotum length and size

·       Body type

·       Presence or absence of any deformities (Peyronie’s disease)

·       Previous pelvic surgeries or injuries

·       Whether the patient is circumcised

·       Age of the patient and any partner

·       Life expectancy and overall health

Only a qualified urologist can advise you about whether or not a penile implant is right for you. Overall however, most men report a high degree of satisfaction with their implant. If you, or someone you care about needs more information about penile implants, or any other urological issue, please contact Carolina Urology Partners at (704) 786-5131 today. You can also request an appointment online right now, to meet with Dr. Richard Natale about your men’s health concerns.


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