Commonly Asked Questions About Penile Prosthetic Implant
Posted on December 18, 2023 by root
Hello, gentlemen! I’m Dr. Justin Houman, a urologist specializing in men’s health, and I’m here to provide you with straightforward answers to all your questions about penile prosthetic implants.
What is a Penile Prosthesis?
A penile prosthesis, often referred to as a penile implant, is a medical device surgically implanted in the penis to help men with erectile dysfunction (ED) achieve an erection firm enough for sexual activity. It’s a proven solution for those who haven’t found success with other treatments.
What are Penile Implant Size Options?
Penile implants come in various sizes to accommodate different anatomies. Your urologist will work with you to determine the right size for your needs, ensuring comfort and effectiveness.
What are Common Penile Implant Complaints?
The most common complaints associated with penile implants include discomfort during the initial adjustment period, potential shortening of the penis, and minor post-operative pain. However, many men find these concerns are outweighed by the benefits.
How do Penile Implants Work?
Penile implants work by replacing the spongy tissue inside the penis with inflatable cylinders. When you desire an erection, you simply activate a pump located in the scrotum, filling the cylinders with fluid and creating an erection.
What are the Different Types of Penile Implants?
There are two main types of penile implants: inflatable and semi-rigid. Inflatable implants allow for more natural erections, while semi-rigid implants are always partially firm. Your choice will depend on your preferences and your urologist’s recommendation.
Are Penile Implants Permanent?
Yes, penile implants are intended to be permanent solutions for ED. They can be removed if necessary, but most men find that they provide long-lasting and reliable results.
What is the Surgical Procedure for Penile Implantation Like?
The surgical procedure typically takes about one hour and is done under anesthesia. Your surgeon will make a small incision, place the implant, and close the incision. Recovery time varies, but most men can resume sexual activity in a few weeks.
What are the Potential Risks and Complications Associated with Penile Implants?
As with any surgery, there are risks involved, including infection, bleeding, and device malfunction. However, these risks are relatively low, and complications can often be treated successfully.
How Effective are Penile Implants in Treating Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?
Penile implants are highly effective in treating ED. In fact, they have one of the highest satisfaction rates among ED treatments, with many men reporting improved quality of life and sexual performance.
Can I Still Have a Natural Erection with a Penile Implant?
While a penile implant won’t allow for spontaneous erections, it will enable you to have an erection when desired. Most men find that the benefits far outweigh this minor drawback.
What is the Recovery Process After Penile Implant Surgery?
Recovery time varies from person to person, but most men can expect to return to normal activities within a few weeks. Follow your urologist’s post-operative instructions for the best results.
Are Penile Implants Covered by Insurance?
Insurance coverage varies, but many insurance plans do cover the cost of penile implants. Be sure to check with your provider to understand your specific coverage.
What are the Alternatives to Penile Implants for Treating ED?
There are several alternatives to penile implants, including oral medications, vacuum erection devices, and penile injections. Your urologist can help you explore these options to find the one that suits you best.
Remember, you’re not alone in your journey toward better men’s health. We’re here to provide you with expert guidance and support every step of the way. If you have any further questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out. Your well-being is our top priority.
Posted on behalf of Justin Houman MD