One of the treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED) is to have a penile implant, or penile prosthesis. This is often recommended by urologists after other treatment options have been explored but have failed to work.
A penile prosthesis can help a man achieve and maintain an erection. The implanted prosthesis allows for spontaneous sexual activity.
Types of Penile Implants
There are two main types of penile implants: inflatable implants and semirigid rods. Inflatable devices involve the implantation of several parts, including two cylinders, a tube, a pouch, and a pump. Semirigid rods are composed of metal wires and a silicone jacket.
You and your urologist will discuss the options, and the doctor will recommend the better choice in your specific case – because several factors are involved. An inflatable penile implant requires squeezing the pump to fill the cylinder with water in order to achieve an erection; the semirigid rods remain somewhat erect at all times. The doctor will make a recommendation, but it is ultimately your choice.
How Does the Procedure Work?
During penile implant surgery, two inflatable cylinders or semirigid rods are inserted into the penis itself. In the inflatable version, a pump and a valve are implanted in the scrotum. A fluid reservoir is implanted under the abdominal wall.
Penile implant surgery is an outpatient procedure, meaning you are sent home to recover on the same day of the surgery. The procedure takes up to 90 minutes to complete.
Risks and Effectiveness of a Penile Prosthesis
As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection from the operation. With penile implant surgery, there is also a possibility of implant malfunction and internal erosion. It’s important to discuss the risks of the surgery with your surgeon.
However, penile implant surgery has a very high success and satisfaction rate. When it is performed by a highly skilled surgeon, the risks are greatly reduced.
Penile prosthesis surgery has a success rate of over 90%, and 95% of men who have this operation report satisfaction with the results. Sensation or the ability to achieve orgasm is not affected by having a penile prosthesis. It mimics a natural erection, allowing you and your partner to enjoy a healthy sex life.
Penile Implant Surgery in Charlotte, NC
If you are considering having a penile prosthesis because other treatments have not worked for you, you should trust only a highly skilled urologic surgeon who specializes in men’s health for your procedure. Dr. Richard Natale is an expert in treating men’s sexual health issues of all kinds, from erectile dysfunction to infertility, from prostate issues to Peyronie’s disease. He has performed hundreds of penile implant surgeries as a permanent solution for ED.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Natale, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at (704) 786-5131 or by filling out our appointment request form online now. We look forward to being your healthcare partner.