Penile implants can be used to treat men that are suffering with erectile dysfunction. Implants are usually considered if other conservative methods of treatments have not been successful. Once an implant has been put in placed it is usually expected to work for around 10-15 years. There are two main types of implants, which are semirigid rods or inflatable implants, although they are different, they still work to achieve the same thing.
Types of implants
· Inflatable implants- This is the most common type of penile implant. The implants consist of a reservoir, pump and two cylinders. The reservoir is placed under the muscles in the lower abdominal. A pump and valve are placed in the scrotum, and the inflatable implants are placed in the penis.
To inflate the implants, fluid is pumped from the reservoir to the cylinders. After the valve is released and the fluid is drained back to the reservoir.
· Malleable implants- These are always firm, however they can bend in different positions; the penis can be bent away from the body during sexual activity and towards the body for concealment.
Malleable implants are a preferred choice in certain groups of men especially those who have had major abdominopelvic surgery and who desire a simpler, faster operation.
When deciding which implant is right for you and your specific needs, you must think about the pros and cons of each options and consult with your doctor to ensure that the right decision is made for you.
After the surgery, your doctor will give your specific instructions to help ensure that you have a full and speedy recovery. It is likely that you will have to take some painkillers for a few days after the surgery to ease the pain. Most men can do strenuous exercise and sexual activity four to six weeks after the surgery.
This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.