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3 Interesting Facts About Surgical Penile Implants

If you have trouble developing and maintaining an erection on a regular basis, you suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED). Causes of ED range from physical to psychological, or may be a combination of both. Aging also plays a role in ED. Having ED can result in feelings of shame, embarrassment, depression, and loss of self-confidence.  

If you desire a fulfilling sex life and medication hasn’t helped your ED, you may be a candidate for a penile implant. Getting a penile implant involves a surgical procedure. A prosthetic device is inserted inside your penis and scrotum that enables you to achieve an erection once again. 

You may have many questions if you’re considering a penile implant. Dr. Jean Eid, our board-certified urologist here at Advanced Urological Care PC, has performed this surgery over 5,000 times, so you’re in safe hands. He’s an internationally known expert in penile implant surgery and treats patients from across the globe. 

Dr. Eid shares these 3 facts about penile implants that you may not know. 

1. Penile implants maintain sensation and function 

Your first question may be, “Will it work?” You want to know if you undergo the surgical procedure that you’ll be able to engage in normal sexual function again and be satisfied with the result. The good news is that the implant won’t adversely affect sensation, orgasm, or ejaculation. Your sex life can basically return to normal. 

2. There are three options for penile implants

Men today have a choice of three types of penile implants: a three-piece inflatable, a two-piece inflatable, and a non-inflatable.

Three-piece inflatable implant

When you’re a candidate for this type, Dr. Eid recommends it for several reasons. The three-piece inflatable implant looks and feels the most like your normal penis, and no one can detect from observation that you have an implant. The device is totally concealed inside the penis and scrotum. It’s also very easy to use. You simply press it to pump it up to gain an erection. A valve near the pump deflates it when you’re ready. It’s the most comfortable implant when you’re not using it because your penis has near-normal flaccidity. 

Two-piece inflatable implant

The two-piece inflatable device is also easy to operate and is completely contained inside your body. It’s a simpler operation, but your penis with this implant doesn’t look and feel quite the same as a normal functioning penis. Your erection won’t be quite as stiff as with the insertion of the three-piece implant. 

Non-inflatable implant

This implant is easy to use; you simply move it upward when you want to have an erection. It’s an option if you have limited or no use of your hands. This is the least costly option if cost is a concern and the procedure isn’t covered by your insurance. 

Only one in five implants performed in the United States today is a non-inflatable implant. After the procedure, your penis must adapt to being in a position of an erection all the time. When not in use, it’s pointed downwards. There’s often some discomfort is associated with this implant after the procedure while you’re adjusting to it. 

3. Training is available after inflatable penile implant procedures 

You receive help in learning how to use your inflatable penile implant after the procedure. Dr. Eid schedules you to return 1-2 months afterwards. You learn how to deflate and inflate it in the office, and then repeat the cycle at home every day until you feel completely comfortable with it. At that point, you’re ready to use it during sexual intimacy. 

Call our office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan or book an appointment online with Advanced Urological Care for the most expert treatment available today for penile implant surgery. 

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