While penile implant surgery has been around for a while, it’s still surprising how many people are completely in the dark about the procedure. Penile implants were introduced in the early 70s and were actually the most common treatment for erectile dysfunction before Viagra was introduced. If you were thinking of getting a penile implant, you may have plenty of questions, which is perfectly understandable. Here are some of the most common questions people may have about penile implants.
Will I Be Able to Have Orgasms After Getting a Penile Implant?
Well first, it’s very important to understand that orgasm, erection and ejaculation are 3 completely independent functions. Many men who suffer from erectile dysfunction are still able to have an orgasm and ejaculate. So, all that the penile implant will do is restore the erection allowing the patient to do all three. However, if you have the procedure after you’ve undergone radiation therapy or a radical prostatectomy and lost the ability to ejaculate, then there will be no ejaculation even if you’re able to achieve orgasm or get an erection.
What Are the Risks Involved with Penile Implants?
While the procedure is very safe, it is still important to understand which risks are involved. Some of the risks include implant erosion through the patient’s skin, small bowel intestine, and urethra. In some extreme cases, patients may deal with artery injuries as well. You could also experience temporary pain around the surgical area as well as mechanical failure of the device.
Will the Implant Affect Physical Activity?
In most cases, you should be able to perform most of your regular activities after you get your implant. However, just like any other procedure, you’ll have to exercise caution depending on the activity. When it comes to cycling for instance, the way the pump is positioned is crucial. If you cycle regularly, then you might have to invest in a wider seat with a gap in the center.
Is There Any Chance That My Body Will Reject the Implant?
No, your body won’t “reject” the implant per se, but like any procedure, when a foreign object is inserted there is a risk for infection, though it’s very rare. In the case of infection, the patient will be prescribed antibiotics and the implant will be replaced.
Now that you understand the procedure a little better, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision and see if penile implants are truly for you. If you have more questions about penile implants and erectile dysfunction treatments in general, contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best penile implant doctor in NYC.