Penile Implant as An Option For ED
The introduction of phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (Viagra™) in 1998 contributed to increased awareness and patients requesting therapy for ED. However, ED pills do not work for many men and their efficacy can weaken with time. Among the many erectile dysfunction treatment options, implantation of a penile prosthesis has been associated with high patient satisfaction rates and low mechanical failure rates. These devices are either malleable or inflatable.
A penile implant is a device that is placed into a man’s body and is designed to help him achieve an erection and experience the joys of sex again. Implants are a long-term ED treatment option that enable an erection as often and long as you wish. The implant is covered by many insurance plans. You should be able to have an orgasm with a penile implant if you were able to have one before your surgery, unless you have another medical problem that affects it.
When implanted, the penile implant is not visibly noticeable. The penis appears relaxed and normal in the flaccid state, and it is not obvious by looking at a man that he has an implant.
There are two basic types of penile implants that Coloplast offers:
Both enable men with erectile dysfunction to have a satisfactory erection for sexual intercourse and to experience the joys of sex again. You should be able to have an orgasm with a penile implant if you were able to have one before your surgery, unless you have another medical problem that affects it. Consult your physician about this. The primary difference between the two implant types is that flexible rod implants (the Genesis) produce a permanently firm penis, while the inflatable implants (the Titan) produce a controlled, more natural erection.
There are three basic types of penile implants that Boston Scientific offers:
- AMS 700™ Inflatable Penile Prosthesis
- AMS Ambicor™ Inflatable Penile Prosthesis
- Spectra™ Concealable Penile Prosthesis
Boston Scientific’s penile implants are designed to be easy to use to achieve a natural and rigid erection to put one back in control of one’s sexual intimacy. The AMS 700 LGX Penile Implant is Currently the ONLY penile implant on the market with cylinders that expand in GIRTH and LENGTH. Learn about how to live with a penile implant, including how it works, how to use it to achieve an erection and more.
To learn more about penile implants and which option is best for you, please contact our main office at 573-499-4990 and schedule a consult with Dr. Clay Mechlin.
Penile Implants enable men with erectile dysfunction to have a satisfactory erection for sexual intercourse and to experience the joys of sex again.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the recovery time?
Each individual is different and therefore their recovery will be different as well. Typical recovery is between 4-6 weeks. Your physician will determine what you can and cannot do during this time. It is important to follow the recommendations that your physician gives to you to ensure the best outcome.
Is the cost of a penile implant covered by insurance?
A penile implant is prescribed by your physician. Most insurance, including Medicare, cover the implant. Check with your physician’s office to determine your actual cost.
Are there risks associated with the penile implant?
As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with the penile implant procedure including pain, anaesthesia reactions, repeat surgery due to infections, or mechanical problems with the device. Discuss this in greater detail with your physician.
Will anyone notice that I have an implant?
Since the implant is completely placed inside your body, no one will see the implant. In fact, no one will know unless you tell them.
Can I have an orgasm with a penile implant?
You should be able to have an orgasm with a penile implant if you were able to have one before your procedure. Consult your physician about your expected outcome.