For patients whose erectile dysfunction (ED) no longer responds to nonsurgical treatment or for those diagnosed with Peyronie’s disease, which can cause painful erections, advances in penile implant technology provide an opportunity to achieve spontaneous erections needed for healthy sex life. There are currently two types of penile implants considered an advanced solution to ED: semirigid and inflatable penile implants.
If you are interested in this type of treatment, make sure to choose a penile implant specialist for the best results. Penile implants are surgically placed, and a highly-skilled specialist can reduce the risk of surgical complications.
Semirigid Penile Implants
This type of penile implant is always firm and is simply tucked away when not needed or brought forward during sex. Semirigid penile implants consist of two flexible rods that are placed in the penile shaft and then held together by springs. The small number of moving parts reduces the chances of any type of malfunctioning. However, some patients feel uncomfortable with the increased pressure inside the penis brought about by the constantly semirigid implants.
Inflatable Penile Implants
Another type of penile implant is an inflatable one. Inflatable penile implants are the most popular and provide a natural feel. Men may choose either a two-piece or three-piece inflatable implant, with the three-piece implant creating the most natural-feeling erection. The three-piece inflatable implant also produces firmer erections for the pleasure of your partner.
Inflatable penile implants consist of a saline reservoir, a pump and release valve, and inflatable cylinders. To achieve an erection, you press the pump to release fluid from the reservoir that then flows into the cylinders, producing an erection. After sexual activity, you drain the fluid by releasing the valve in the scrotum to allow it to flow back into the reservoir. Erections achieved via inflatable penile implants can last for as long as needed.
Whether you choose a semirigid or inflatable penile implant, the implants do not affect the quality of your orgasms and ejaculation. Penile implants are safe with a high patient satisfaction rate.
Are Penile Implants Right for Me?
The best candidate for penile implants is one who has a strong desire to restore their sexual vigor and improve their sexual health. Your reasons for needing an implant may vary, but a consultation with a penile implant specialist should provide you with everything you need to know about the latest in penile implant technology. Semirigid or inflatable penile implants can bring also restore your sexual confidence.
Penile Implant Surgery in Concord & Charlotte, NC
Dr. Richard Natale is a board-certified urologist and a penile implant specialist. He is recognized as a top doctor in Charlotte. With a focus on men’s health issues, Dr. Natale can help restore your sexual function. He performs more than 100 penile implant surgeries per year, which makes him highly experienced in the procedure. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Natale, please call our clinic at (704) 786-5131 or use our online appointment request form.