- Most patients require taking pain relievers for a few days or weeks.
- Around 80-90 percent of patients have reported satisfaction post-surgery.
- Penile implants are designed in a fashion to stay hidden.
These days, irreversible erectile dysfunction (ED) is no more associated with feelings of shame/guilt. One doesn’t have to live with the feeling of weak masculinity. However, advancement in medical science has introduced constructive treatment modules which ensure effective treatment options for ED. Penile implant surgery is deemed as a successful and beneficial treatment procedure for ED.
Here’s all you need to know about a penile implant:
What is a Penile Implant?
It is a medical device used for treating erectile dysfunction in men. The implant facilitates an ED patient to experience an almost natural erection. It is recommended only when all other remedial options have failed.
Good Candidate for Penile Implant Surgery
Men with the following issues are generally recommended penile implant surgery:
– Men experiencing painful erections.
– Men suffering from irreversible erectile dysfunction.
– Irreversible erectile dysfunction with no pulmonary or urinary tract infection.
– Irreversible erectile dysfunction with controlled diabetes.
– All treatment methods of erectile dysfunction has failed to work.
Types of Penile Implants
Inflatable Implants – Can be inflated and deflated as per the patient’s need.
Semirigid Rods – Stiff penile implant which remains the same in size and maintains a semi-stiff position.
Why Penile Implant?
This type of surgery is recommended only as a last resource. This also depends on the patient’s choice and past medical conditions. It is important to take the doctor’s advice to make the right decision.
Recovery After Surgery
The doctor will provide you with a set of instructions after surgery. It includes ways to take care of the surgical site and usage of the pump. Most patients require taking pain relievers for a few days or weeks. Antibiotics are usually prescribed to reduce any chances of infection.
Most patients can return to work within a few days after surgery. However, it might take many weeks to fully recover. It takes anywhere between 4-6 weeks to be able to resume sexual activity.
Is the Surgery Effective?
Survey has reported around 90-95 percent success rate of inflatable penile implant surgeries. This means that the surgery results in erections among patients sufficient for intercourse. Around 80-90 percent of patients have reported satisfaction post-surgery.
Penile implants are made to mimic a natural erection which allows patients to have satisfactory intercourse after surgery. These do not contribute to the head of the penis getting hard. The implants in no way affect orgasm or sensation.
As with any type of surgery, penile implantation is also associated with the following risks:
– Infection (common among patients with diabetes and/or spinal cord injury)
– Formation of scar tissue
– Displacement of implant pump/reservoir
Rare Type of Risks
– Mechanical failures
– Erosion/Adhesion demanding another surgery to remove/repair the implant
Cost of the Treatment
In case, you have been diagnosed for the exact medical cause for ED, the insurer will cover the cost for treatment in whole or in part. The actual cost will depend on a wide range of factors including:
– Type of implant
– The place of residence of patient
– Network with other providers
– Copays and deductibles of patient’s plan
In case, you do not have insurance coverage, the doctor may decide to go for a self-pay plan. You can request a cost estimate and get in touch with your insurer prior to scheduling surgery. Most medical insurance providers seek the help of an insurance specialist for navigating financial matters.
Penile implants are designed in a fashion to stay hidden. These help with erections during intercourse. Doctors usually recommend this as a viable option when all other treatments fail to produce results.