Penile implant surgery is by far one of the most efficient treatments for erectile dysfunction. However, it is also one of the most unknown. And due to the intrusive nature of the procedure, it can be a cause of concern to many. In this article, we’re going to give you a few things you should know before you choose penile implant surgery.
Understand What Penile Implants Are
At their base, most penile implants consist of two rods that will be inserted in the penis. Depending on the implant, these rods can be made from a variety of materials, such as silicone for instance. Penile implants for the most part have a long lifespan and can even last a lifetime.
Some implants will also have connections that will allow you to fill the rods with water. The connections will be inserted in the scrotum, right in front of the patient’s bladder. These connections will allow the penis to stay flaccid and achieve an erection at will.
Know Which Types of Implants Are Available
There are two main types of implants available on the market, inflatable and non-inflatable. Non-inflatable, or semi-rigid implants as they are commonly called, can be hinged or non-hinged. You also have two piece and three-piece inflatable implants. Two-piece implants consist of two cylinders and a button and three-piece implants have cylinders, a reservoir, and a scrotal button.
Semi-rigid implants come cheaper but have the disadvantage of keeping the penis in an erect state. If you do decide to go this route, know that you’ll have to conceal your erection either by bending the penis down or up to your abdomen.
Inflatable implants, on the other hand, allow much more control over your erection. They are also more expensive, and the procedure and recovery usually take longer since more components have to be installed.
Know if You’re a Candidate for the Procedure
Being an invasive procedure, it’s very important that you know if you’re even a candidate for penile implant surgery. Most of the time the procedure will be recommended when other methods such as medication and penis pumps have failed. The procedure will also be recommended if the patient is either unwilling to receive, or are ineligible for, intracavernosal injections. Patients who are suffering from Peyronie’s disease, a condition that causes painful erections due to internal scarring of the penis, are also eligible for the procedure.
We hope we were able to demystify some things about penile implants. Penile implants can be the perfect option for you depending on your condition and you should definitely consider it if other methods have failed. If you want to know more about the whole procedure and what to expect, contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best penile implant doctor in NYC.