Treating Erectile Dysfunction with Inflatable Penile Prosthesis

Prescription medications are typically the first treatment offered for men with erectile dysfunction. But for those who don’t respond well or are unable to be treated with these pills, a penile implant is a useful alternative. The penile implant (also called penile prosthesis) is a medical device that is placed surgically into the penis to generate a natural-feeling and natural-looking erection.

Simple, outpatient procedure

The operation to place a penile prosthesis is a quick and simple procedure that takes about 1 hour to complete. The device is inserted into the penis and custom-fitted to help with erection. After it is placed, a man can go home the same day and is ready to enjoy sex after a 4-6 week recovery period.

What is a penile prosthesis?

An inflatable penile implant is a self-contained, fluid-filled, supple and durable system designed to mimic both the look and performance of the penis during a natural erection. It has three components: a reservoir that is placed in the abdomen, two cylinders inserted in the penis and a pump located in the scrotum. The two cylinders situated in the penis are connected to the saline reservoir using a tubing. Because of the three components, the penile prosthesis is known as the three-piece inflatable penile implant.

How does the penile implant work?

To inflate the penile prosthesis, a man presses the pump to transfer the saline from the reservoir into the cylinders located in the penis. The cylinders are then inflated and the penis becomes erect. When the deflation valve found at the base of the pump is pressed, the fluid moves back to the reservoir, deflating the penis and making it flaccid. So the penile implant is capable of producing erections that are satisfactory for sexual intercourse.

Why should men with ED consider penile implants?

Once placed surgically by a urologist, an inflatable penile prosthesis helps a man to regain control of his body. Unlike other ED treatment options which require a slightly longer waiting period before use, the implant can be used at any time. Penile implants are an ideal option for men whose ED has not been resolved by other treatment options. It is a cost-effective option that achieves 98 percent satisfaction rate with patients and is not noticeable in a flaccid penis. In fact, even your sex partners will not know that you have the implant unless you inform them.

If you are looking for something to make you a confident, self-assured man again, a penile prosthesis may be just what you need. It effectively mimics the look and performance of a natural penis and will enable you to begin enjoying sex as soon as you are recovered from the surgery. Unlike remembering to take your medication every time you want to have sex, a penile prosthesis offers a more permanent and natural solution. For more information on treatment of erectile dysfunction, visit the “St Pete Urology” site.

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