A penile implant is an effective treatment option for erectile dysfunction (ED) that isn’t responding to other therapies.
At Urology Specialist Group, our providers offer comprehensive penile implant services to restore both your sexual function and your self-esteem.
If your ED medications and other therapies are no longer providing the results you want, learn how penile implants work and what benefits they can bring to your life.
Causes of erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is a common condition that describes in the inability to achieve or maintain an erection that’s firm enough for sex.
Men are at increased risk for ED as they age, but the condition can also result from underlying medical issues like:
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
Mental health conditions like depression and anxiety can also play a role in ED. The stress of losing sexual function can, in turn, worsen your mental health issues.
You might also experience erectile dysfunction if you smoke, abuse alcohol or drugs, or if you suffer trauma to your genitals.
Traditional treatments for ED include medications, hormone therapy, and lifestyle changes. If you’re looking for a long-term solution to improve the quality of your erections, you can consider a penile implant.
The different types of penile implants
A penile implant is a medical device our providers insert into your penis during surgery. In general, there are two types of penile implants – inflatable and semi-rigid implants.
Our providers at Urology Specialist Group use a two-piece inflatable implant that features an inflatable cylinder that gets implanted inside your penis in the area that normally fills with blood during an erection.
The cylinder connects to a pump and relief valve that sits inside your scrotum. This pump system controls a reservoir filled with fluids that’s implanted under your abdominal wall.
Prior to participating in sexual activity, you pump the reservoir fluids into the cylinder to achieve an erection that’s firm enough for sex. Afterwards, you can use the release valve to drain the fluids back into the reservoir to ease your erection.
5 benefits of penile implants
Penile implants offer many benefits for men who struggle to maintain an erection due to genital injuries or other health conditions. These benefits include:
1. Virtually invisible
Because a penile implant is completely encased within your body, no one but you will know you have it. While you might have some discomfort right after surgery, many men resume their usual activity soon after the procedure and have no complications wearing or using the implant.
Unlike other ED treatments, you can achieve fast results using a penile implant that won’t interfere with intimate moments. You can achieve an erection in just 15 seconds, any time you want it, by engaging the implanted pump and you can maintain the erection for as long as you want.
3. Ease of use
There’s no special technology you need to use the achieve an erection. The implanted pump makes it easy to operate the device discreetly, whenever you’re ready.
4. Long-term durability
For many men, penile implants provide reliable results for 10 years or longer. Our team can provide resources that ensure your implant works effectively and lasts for as long as possible.
5. Minimal downtime
Penile implant surgery is a short procedure that requires minimal downtime. Many men are able to return to their usual routine after a week and can resume sexual activity after six weeks.
To find out if a penile implant is right for you, schedule a consultation with our team by calling the Urology Specialist Group office nearest you or by booking an appointment online today.