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Penile Implant or Prosthesis – How It Works and Helps Men With ED?

Previously, we’ve covered penis enlargement surgery in which a way of increasing the size of the penis through surgical procedures.

Penile prosthesis or implant is not a way to increase penis size, but its primary purpose is to help men who are suffering from severe erectile dysfunction. Implants have been proven to help men with ED achieve erections artificially that is ideal for intercourse.

Performing Penile Prosthesis

This means of helping men suffering from ED has been around since the 1970s1. With the advancements in both surgical techniques and device innovations, it is becoming safer, more effective and durable than it was introduced initially provided it is performed by a qualified surgeon who knows the ins and outs of the procedure.

Just as with invasive penis enlargement, penile implants involve a surgical procedure, as well. However, since it is a surgical procedure, it comes with risks. There are two types of penile prosthesis; the semi-rigid and inflatable implant.

Semi-Rigid Implants

These types of penile implants are recommended for older men who are not involved in sex regularly. It comprises of semi-rigid rod that is inserted into the penis shaft. Semi-rigid implant only provides semi-permanent erection and not as hard normal erections.

However, it is adequate enough to penetrate the vagina during sexual intercourse. There are no mechanical or moving parts involve, and flexible enough to be tucked away or pulled down underneath the clothing.

For men wearing traction penis extenders, it works the same way when it comes to hiding it behind the clothes. An article review2 is looking forward for an important role in which penile implants play for erectile dysfunction treatment and management.

Inflatable Implants

Inflatable implants or prosthesis comes in 2 types or models. There are a 2-piece or 3-piece models. The 3-piece model implant closely simulates a more natural erection than the 2-piece model, and most men who undergone penile implants choose this model.

Inflatable Penile Implant Inside The Penis

The inflatable implant comprises of 2-cylinders that are inserted into the penis shaft along with a reservoir that can hold 60ml to 100ml of saline installed behind the pubic bone.

A valve and the pump is inserted into the scrotum in which the saline is pumped into the 2-cylinders inside the penile shaft. The saline that is pumped into the 2 cylinders causes it to expand producing an artificial erection.

Once sexual intercourse is done, and erection is no longer necessary, the valve can be released to allow the saline to drain back to the reservoir. Once the saline is released, the penis is back to its flaccid state.

For demo purposes, check out the demonstration video below on how the inflatable penis implant works.

Penile Implant/Prosthesis Surgical Procedure

Risks Of Complications

As mentioned above, surgical procedures pose risks since it involved foreign object insertion into the penis shaft. The procedure should be performed by a qualified surgeon who is specialized in the field as it involves precise surgical techniques and risks of infection is a possibility.

Mild complications include;

  • Pain can be feel around the inguinal area.
  • Hematoma or bruising of the scrotum.
  • Dysuria from urinary catheterisation.
  • Mild infection, or skin irritation.

Severe complications include;

  • Implant infection is the most common complication and it involves removal of the implants to avoid further infections.
  • Device malfunction due to wear and tear.
  • Injury to the bladder or urethra during implant procedure.

All these risks are possible when surgical procedures are involved. For someone who suffers severe ED, the implant might be the best choice to continue enjoy an active sex life.

However, these risks can be minimized or even avoided if performed by an expert and qualified surgeon. In fact, this procedure is recommended by most medical doctors who are involved in ED treatment.

As a reminder for those who want to increase penis size, the penile implant is not a penis enlargement procedure. It is for men who suffered severe ED and the only option is penile prosthesis or implant.

Someone who is looking ways to increase penis size, there are various non-invasive means of doing it through manual exercises, pumping, and using traction extenders.

Choosing the right surgeon for the job is a very critical part of the overall procedure.

The relationship and trust between the doctor and the patient must be well-established so that when problems arise later on, both will be able to communicate and able to solve the issues before it gets worse.

There was one recorded case wherein the patient sued the doctor who performed the penile implant. More of this story can be read here in details.

Additionally, it is also a possibility for the implant to malfunction3. Another case report about a malfunction penile prosthesis4 was due to a cross placement of the implant.

Actual Demonstration Video On How To Use The Penile Prosthesis

What Can You Do To Avoid ED?

Although there unavoidable cases of erectile dysfunction, many of the cases are avoidable. The key is healthy lifestyle practices.

The health of the penis is dependent on a person’s overall health. As a matter of fact, doctors are using penis and sexual health as a dipstick for of a person’s health.

Make sure you take a closer look at your diet. A healthy eating regimen like the Mediterranean-type diet is a good start. Regularly engage in full body workouts or even yoga. Our body needs movement. Recent studies now know that sedentary lifestyle is just as deadly as smoking.

Of course, don’t underestimate the importance of regular and quality sleep. Our body works as system and it’s system of systems working together in perfect harmony.

As always, if you have a medical condition, don’t forget to visit your doctor.


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