When non-surgical options don’t work or a man’s erectile dysfunction has progressed and he no longer responds to non-surgical options, a penile prosthesis is a great option. The penile prosthesis is a medical device, the most common of which being the inflatable penile prosthesis, which is implanted into the penis during a surgical procedure. The penile prosthesis is a safe option that has been around for many years. If interested, please call to have a discussion with your urologist to see if this is an appropriate option for you.
Penile Prosthesis Surgery
What is it?
A Penile implant is a medical device and a surgical treatment for erectile dysfunction. Penile implants are a safe, effective, and common treatment option that have been around for over 40 years. In multiple studies and surveys, of all the various treatment options for erectile dysfunction, penile implants had the highest patient and partner satisfaction rates. Over 90% of men report satisfaction with their penile implant. The surgery can be done in our surgical center and is an outpatient surgery that only takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour to perform. The surgery is performed in a minimally invasive fashion usually through a single 1-2 inch incision. Our goal is that the majority of our patients are using their implant within 3-6 weeks of surgery.
How does it work?
To achieve an erection, a man will compress the pump in his scrotum using his fingers. The penile implant is a hydraulic system and this will move the sterile water from the reservoir to the cylinders providing for a rigid erection. When a man has finished using his implant, the deflation button on the pump is pressed and the penis gently squeezed to move the fluid back into the reservoir. The inflatable implant allows for the most natural erection of all the penile implants.
Does insurance cover my implant?
Most insurance companies including Medicare will cover penile implant surgery, but it is always prudent to check with your individual insurance company
Will a penile implant make my penis longer?
We never tell a patient that the penile implant will make his penis longer than it was, but with repetitive inflation and deflation, the implant can stop the progressive loss of length caused by erectile dysfunction.
Does a penile implant affect sensation?
A penile implant does not change your sensation during intercourse. In addition, if you were able to have an orgasm prior to your surgery you should be able to have an orgasm after your penile implant surgery.
Will anyone know that I have an implant?
The components of the implant are all placed inside the body. No one, not even your sexual partners, will know you have an implant unless you tell them.