If you’re curious to learn whether penile implant surgery is a suitable cure for erectile dysfunction, then you have come to the right place.

Is Penile Implant Surgery A Cure For Erectile Dysfunction?

In this article, we’re going to examine some of the pros to penile implant surgery, and we will also show you what kind of effect this can have on erectile dysfunction – so let’s take a closer look.

Implantation of penile implant remains an important option for men in whom medical treatment of ED has failed or is in appropriate. Prostheses are available as a saline-filled silicone device or a malleable device. The benefit of the former is a more natural appearance in the deflated state, closely approximating the appearance of a flaccid penis. The trade-off is a higher mechanical failure rate and higher cost. Satisfaction rates for patients who underwent penis implant surgery have been reported to be higher than 90%. However, in the majority of patients who receive this treatment, less invasive alternatives have failed and therefore satisfaction with this treatment would be expected to be higher in this subset of patients. Risks of these devices include surgical and aesthetic risk, device infection, and device malfunction. Mechanical failure rates depend on the specific device being investigated. Overall, the percentage of devices that are free from mechanical failure at 5 years ranges from 80% to 90%. Infection rates in the era of coated devices and improved techniques are reported to be less than 1%.

All devices that are currently FDA approved are considered safe for use in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) environment.

Malleable (bendable) penile implant

this option involves the insertion of a pair of rods into the corpora cavernosa of the penis. While a malleable penile prosthesis is a simple option that will help with erection, it offer a relatively fix status of erection.

Inflatable penile implant

this option involves the insertion of two tube or cylinders into the penis. The implant comprises of tubes made from an artificial material that expands to give the penis more length and width while making it have a firm erection.

The Risks of Penile Implant Surgery

As is with any surgery, the risk of possible complication cannot be overlooked, some of the notable complication that can arise include scarring and infection after the surgery, mechanical failure, or erosion of the tissue around the implant. Nevertheless, most patients that have has a penile implant say it works though it may not give a completely hard erection or a fuller length as expected, but it suffices. Research shows that around 85% of all men who have had the implants are satisfied with the results, with around 92% of them having the inflatable prosthesis.

The first port of call when considering penile implants is a consultation and assessment with a Urologist. This consultation and assessment will give you the opportunity to find out if penile implants really are an option for you. It will also give you the opportunity to ask those all important questions directly to the surgeon.