Penile Implants from Denver’s Top ED Doctors
Penile implants are a permanent, effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. A penile implant is also called a penile prosthesis. The implant is a penis pump-like device — it has two cylinders that are implanted in the penis and a pump in the scrotum that creates an erection when the patient squeezes it. The implant includes a saline reservoir in the abdomen, which provides fluid to create the erection.
Nearly 100% of penile implant patients say their erections are excellent or satisfactory, according to AMS Men’s Health, which manufactures penile implants. Implants are also long-lasting. At the seven-year mark after implantation, 94% of penile implants are still in use and have not needed revision surgery for mechanical failure of the implant.
According to Coloplast, another maker of penile implants, studies indicate 93.8% of men were moderately or completely satisfied with their penile prosthesis choice, far outpacing satisfaction levels for Viagra (51.6%) or injection therapy (40.9%).
Benefits of Penile Implants
There are many benefits of penile implants including:
- Invisibility: implants are completely enclosed in the body and no one, except your urologist, can tell that you have one.
- High satisfaction: among both patients and partners
- Permanence: implants are designed as a permanent solution for erectile dysfunction
- Spontaneity: patients can have sex when they want to, rather than waiting for oral medication, an ED injection or urethral suppository to take effect
- Long-lasting: erections last until you deflate the implant
- Insurance coverage: Medicare and most insurance plans cover penile implant procedures. Check with your insurance company and physician’s office to make sure the procedure is covered before scheduling surgery.
Side Effects of Penile Implants
Side effects associated with penile implants include:
- Risks from surgery, these risks are minimal and depend in part on the patient’s overall health, normal risks associated with any surgery, and physician experience (Foothills Urologists have been performing penile implants for more than 12 years.)
- Post-operative discomfort or pain
- Mechanical malfunction, including unplanned or auto-inflation. This occurs in 6-11% percent of penile implants.
- Infection (1% - 2.5% of men experience infection with the AMS Men’s Health implant)
- Need for repeat surgery to correct mechanical malfunction of the implant.
Types of Penile Implants
There are several types of penile implants and several companies that manufacture them. With two- and three-part implants, the patient achieves an erection by squeezing a pump implanted in the scrotum. Two cylinders implanted in the penis then inflate with fluid from a reservoir in the abdomen.
Another type of implant is sometimes called a malleable implant. With this implant, bendable cylinders are implanted in the penis; the patient only needs to hold the penis and move it into the desired position. This implant is used for men who don’t have the hand or grip strength to inflate a two- or three-part implant.
Patients should discuss the various types of implants with their physician to get the best type of implant for their particular medical situation.
Watch an animation about the Coloplast Titan Touch penile implant and how it works to treat erectile dysfunction: