All About Penile Implants

All About Penile Implants

Penile Implant

A penile implant is a surgically implanted device that helps you achieve erection, usually if you have erectile dysfunction (ED). There are two types of penile implants: inflatable and non-inflatable. Most people can resume sexual activity six weeks after receiving a penile implant.

Other name for penile implants is penile prosthesis.

How does penile implantation work?

An inflatable penile implant consists of two cylinders, a reservoir, and a pump that is inserted into your body by a Andrologist/Urologist.

The surgeon places the cylinders in your penis. Tubes connect the cylinders to a separate storage area under your lower abdominal muscles. The tank contains liquid. A pump is also connected to this system. It is found under the skin of your scrotum. To erect the penis, you press a pump in your scrotum. The water pump transfers water from the reservoir to the cylinders inside your penis, delivering them to the level of erection you need. Once established, you can remain erect as long as you want, even after orgasm. When you want to stop erection, pressing the valve on the pump sends the fluid back to the reservoir, which deflates the cylinders.

The non- inflatable penile implant consists of two strong, flexible silicone rods. This type of device does not require a pump. To achieve erection, lift your penis to extend the implant into position. You can use the prosthesis for as long as you want, even after orgasm. After using the implant, you press your penis back to normal position.

Who is the right candidate for penile implants?

Most people who are good candidates for penile implants suffer from Erectile dysfunction or Peyronie’s disease. Their condition cannot be improved naturally or through other conservative medical treatments.

How long do penile implants last?

On average, penile implants last 20 years. When the implant wears off, it stops working. Your surgeon can repair it, usually by replacing it with a new implant.

How big will penile implant be?

In most cases, the shape and size of your erection after penile implantation will be similar to the size of the enlarged penis before surgery. Your surgeon will always measure your genitals and place the implant that you can safely fit into your body.

Can you get a hard erection with a penile implant?

Yes, penile implants allow you to have intercourse whenever you want. It may take a few seconds to inflate the inflatable penile implant to full firmness. Non-inflatable implants are always the same hardness.

What are the hazards of penile implants?

Hazards include erosion and mechanical failure.

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