More than fifty percent of men over the age of 50 have erectile dysfunction (ED). Many men choose to remain silent, feel uncomfortable and embarrassed, but erectile dysfunction is usually easily treatable. Initially, your urologist will usually recommend prescription medication for treating the symptoms of ED, but often pills are not a viable option because of side effects, cost, and contraindications. And sometimes they simply do not work.
It’s where penile implants offer hope to many men. A penile implant, also known as penile prosthesis, is a safe and customized medical device that your urologist will insert into your penis through a minor incision at the base of your penis during a sixty to ninety-minute procedure.
We have compiled a comprehensive FAQ section to answer some of the most common questions you may have about penile implants, but may feel too uncomfortable to ask.
Q: Can I still have an orgasm?
You’ll still be able to have an orgasm and ejaculate normally as the prosthesis won’t change the sexual sensation.
Q: How long is the standard recovery time for your patients?
In most cases, the average recovery time is about six weeks, and patients can easily resume normal sexual activities, like intercourse.
Q: Is the penile implant uncomfortable?
You may be able to feel the implant for the first couple of weeks after you get it, but after that, your implant will feel natural.
Q: What are the risks?
Usually, the biggest risk associated with a penile implant is an infection. In case of an infection, we will remove the implant and put in a new implant. However, don’t worry as the risk is very low, usually about 1 or 2 percent.
Q: Will sexual intercourse be different with the penile implant?
The implant will not change your skin sensation or your ability to reach orgasm. The implant will enable your penis to thicken and stiffen while creating a more natural-looking erection.
Q: How long will the erection last?
The prosthesis will stop working when you no longer want to be hard anymore. You may stay hard for hours and be the most popular man in town!
Q: Is the implant removable?
Yes, the penile implant is removable.
Q: Am I the right candidate for penile implant surgery?
I f you have had erectile dysfunction for one year or more, and have also tried other ED treatment options, like oral medication (e.g. Cialis, Viagra, Levitra, and Stendra), penile injections, urethral suppositories (e.g. Muse), a vacuum pump, or shock wave therapy, then you are the right candidate for this surgery.
Q: Can I still have a child after penile implant surgery?
As penile implant surgery doesn’t interfere with your natural ability to ejaculate, it will not have any effect on your ability to have a child.
Q: Is the penile implant noticeable?
As the penile implant is internal, nobody will notice it. Your penis will have the same shape and appearance, whether it is erect or flaccid.
If you have more questions about penile implants, visit our website. To schedule a consultation with our urologist, please call us at 212-370-4170. We look forward to improving your situation so that you can enjoy a pleasurable and fulfilling sex life.