Erectile Dysfuntion (ED, “male impotence”) is a sexual dysfunction characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual performance.
The erection of the penis is the hydraulic effect of blood entering sponge-like channel in the penis. This process is being initiated through various signals in the brain to the nerve in the penis which causes sexual arousal. A dysfunction is identified when erection is difficult or impossible to produce. There are many reasons for an erectile dysfunction but most commonly among men is a problem in the blood circulation in the penis because of a neurological problem.
What is a minimally Invasive Implant Procedure for Erectile Dysfunction?
When necessary erectile dysfunction can be treated by the placement of a penile implant. A penile implant is performed by just one small 3-4 cm incision either between the scrotum and penis or just above the penis in the lower abdomen. With these approaches there is minimal blood loss and patients recover quickly from the surgery. There is a significant amount of data to support that this is a safe and effective treatment.
How does a Penile Implant works?
A penile implant is a very common minimally invasive procedure to treat an erectile dysfunction. This implant is inserted in an incision right above the penis. The device can be inflatable or non-inflatable depending on what the patient will choose. Typically, this device is filled with saline water (salt) and the patient will have a pump hidden in the scrotum. By pressing the pump, the salt water can travel into the chambers in the penis and the patient can now achieve erection. After the sexual performance, the patient can deflate the device.
Does a Penile Implant visible or detectable outside the patient’s body?
No, the implant is not visible or detectable in the patient’s body. It is completely hidden in the scrotum and penis. The patient inflates and deflates the prosthesis by squeezing a small pump hidden inside the scrotum.
What are the factors to consider for minimally invasive surgery?
There are many ways to treat or help a patient to achieve erection for erectile dysfunction patients. Methods include pills, injections, vacuum devices, urethral suppositories or surgery. These medical options are being recommended by medical professionals according to what the patient needs.
In patient were medications or other methods are not effective or not tolerated by patients, a penile implant surgery placement is often an appropriate treatment strategy.
What are the age limitations for Penile Implant procedure?
Though, penile implant is considered to minimally invasive procedure, there are still age limitation to ensure 100% effectiveness and safety of the surgery. The recommended age must be at least 18 years old or more and generally patients must have the manual dexterity to use the pump if an inflatable penile implant is chosen. Also, a patient must ensure that urologist involved in the surgery is experienced and an expert in the procedure. Choosing less reputable doctors to save money can be very dangerous and risky.
Erectile dysfunction is not just a physical illness, but also creats psychological impact that can affect the patient’s self-confidence. However, with today’s medical advancements there are various way to help patients with erectile dysfunction and their sexual health. Urologists are trained to treat this problem and although patients may find it embarrassing to discuss erectile dysfunction they should open up to their doctor because it is a medical condition that can be treated if the patient desires.