Penile Implant Surgery for Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is one of the most untreated medical conditions in the United States. This is unfortunate because most cases of ED have a physical explanation and are very treatable.
Who Should Get a Penile Implant?
If your ED is a result of an underlying disease like diabetes or cardiovascular disease, it is important to treat the main cause. If this does not resolve the problem, up to 65% of cases of ED can be successfully treated with medications like Viagra.
When these methods do not work, penile implants have a very good success rate and can help you feel “like yourself” again. Medical device companies like American Medical Systems and Coloplast have developed several products aimed at providing a functional, natural experience for you and your partner.
Types of Penis Implants
There are three major types of penis implants. The simplest form is the malleable penile implant. Surgeons introduce two flexible rods into the penis, which remains in a semi-rigid state. The penis is then simply positioned into an erection for intercourse.
Malleable implants work well for men who do not have the strength or dexterity to work an inflatable penis pump. One downside is that the semi-rigid penis can be difficult to conceal, even when positioned downward.
Two- and three-part inflatable penis pumps provide a more natural option. Inflatable penile pumps consist of two cylinders, a pump, and a reservoir. The cylinders are implanted into the penis while the pump and reservoir are hidden in the abdomen and scrotum, or just in the scrotum, depending on the type of pump.
By repeatedly pressing on a button in the scrotum, the man can inflate the cylinders with a liquid solution drawn from the reservoir to create an erection. A deflation valve allows the fluid to flow back into the reservoir, bringing the penis back to a flaccid state. Since the entire device is hidden within the body, from the outside no observer can tell that the man has a penis implant.
What Does Sex With a Penile Pump Feel Like?
Implant surgery does not affect the sensation of intercourse or a man’s ability to reach orgasm or ejaculate. Sex with a penile implant feels just like it used to.
As far as your partner is concerned, the penile pump creates an erect penis with an increase in girth and sometimes length, depending on the model. Your erection will last as long as you both want it to.
What is Penile Implant Surgery Like?
Surgery to place a penis pump is usually done under general anesthesia. The device is introduced through a small incision made in the scrotum or at the base of the penis. Most men require an overnight hospital stay and are back on their feet within a week.