Penile implants are special devices that can be placed inside the penis to enable men with erectile dysfunctions to have an erection. To get such an appliance installed, a patient has to undergo surgery. This treatment is typically reserved for patients who have already tried other forms of therapy for erectile dysfunction, but did not achieve a satisfactory improvement. Another condition that can be relieved by operations and prostheses of the penile is Peyronie’s disease that causes curved, painful erections.
How does a penile implant work?
The least complicated type of penile implant is a semi-rigid prosthesis. It consists of two bendable rods made of silicone. This device makes the penis slightly rigid at all times, which can sometimes make it difficult to conceal it under clothes. A newer type of penile implant is an inflatable prosthesis. It allows You to get an erection at an appropriate time, and then do away with it on demand. This device has a pump that the surgeon puts inside Your scrotum. To inflate or deflate Your penis, all You have to do is press the pump. Inflatable penile implants consist of either two or three pieces.
How does a penile implant change Your sex life?
Almost all men who have undergone surgery to implant an inflatable penile prosthesis are satisfied with the results. After the operation, the patient is able to once again have erections suitable for intercourse. The shaft of the penis is usually as hard and thick as it was previous to the condition that caused erectile dysfunction. The head of the penis might be softer, and the entire erected organ slightly shorter than before. There are, however, some new models of implants available, that can potentially lengthen the penis.
The surgery does not affect Your capability to feel pleasure during intercourse. It does not impact Your ability to reach orgasm, either. Insertion of a penile implant is a permanent solution to the problem of erectile dysfunction. The prosthesis can be removed, but it might cause the inability to reach a natural erection ever again. For this reason, this operation is only recommended to men who have severe erectile dysfunction that is unlikely to resolve or improve with help of non-invasive methods.