Process for Getting a Penile Implant

A penile implant is a device that is surgically placed inside the penis to address sexual dysfunction issues such as ED (erectile dysfunction). This is usually recommended to patients whose erectile dysfunction did not respond to nonsurgical treatment methods.

If you are wondering what is involved in getting a penile implant, let’s talk about how it works and who you can talk to for more information.

How Does Getting a Penile Implant Work?

Depending on the doctor’s recommendation, the penile implant may be either inflatable or semirigid:

Inflatable Implant

To surgically place an inflatable penile implant, the urologist implants two cylinders, a reservoir, and a pump. The inflatable cylinders are placed in the penis, the reservoir is placed in the lower abdominal area, and the pump is placed between the testicles.

To inflate the device, you would need to press on the pump in order to facilitate the transfer of liquid from the reservoir to the cylinders. To deflate, you would only need to press the deflation valve so that the liquid returns to the reservoir.

Once the devices are in place, the surgeon will simply stitch the incision shut. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour.

Semirigid Implant

For a semirigid penile implant, there are two rods that make up the component. This keeps the penis hard at all times, but it is easily concealed as it can be kept bent down as normal.

Ask your doctor about the pros and cons of each type of penile implant device so you can make an informed decision about your erectile dysfunction treatment. It is ultimately your decision.

After Penile Implant Surgery

Recovery from penile implant surgery involves taking prescription pain medication to ease the pain and antibiotics to prevent infection. Your doctor will give you detailed instructions regarding when you can return to normal activity, including sexual activity. As with any surgical procedure, there is a period of recovery necessary in order to heal properly and completely.

It is usually recommended that you practice the use of your penile implant device so that you become accustomed to how it works. The implant will not affect your ability to have normal orgasm and ejaculation.

Penile Implant Surgery in Mint Hill, Concord, and Charlotte

For issues that affect sexual function, such as ED and Peyronie’s disease, it is best to talk to a male physician who understands the impact of sexual dysfunction. Dr. Richard Natale is a urologist who specializes in men’s health issues, and he has helped many hundreds of men improve their sexual function and regain their self-confidence.

Dr. Natale attended the University of Southern California and went on to medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine as his father did. He completed his residency in urology at the University of Florida, and he has been in practice here in the Charlotte area for over a decade.

We have several locations in Concord, Mint Hill, and Charlotte for your convenience. To request an appointment, call us today at (704) 786-5131 or fill out our appointment request form now. We look forward to being your healthcare partner.


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