Penile prosthesis implantation is a surgical procedure to insert a device into the penis to help men achieve and maintain an erection. It is a permanent solution for erectile dysfunction (ED).
There are two types of penile prostheses: inflatable and semi-rigid. Inflatable prostheses have two cylinders that are implanted into the penis. The cylinders are connected to a pump that is placed in the scrotum. When the pump is squeezed, the cylinders fill with fluid, causing the penis to become erect. Semi-rigid prostheses are made of silicone and are permanently erect.
Penile prosthesis implantation is a safe and effective procedure. The success rate is high, and most men are satisfied with the results. However, there are some risks associated with the procedure, such as infection, bleeding, and pain.
If you are considering penile prosthesis implantation, talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of the procedure. They can help you decide if it is the right option for you.
Here are some additional information about penile prosthesis implantation:
- The surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and takes about 1-2 hours.
- You will need to stay in the hospital for 1-2 days after the surgery.
- There is typically some pain and swelling after the surgery, but this should go away within a few weeks.
- You will need to take antibiotics to prevent infection.
- You will need to avoid sexual activity for 4-6 weeks after the surgery.
Penile prosthesis implantation is a surgical procedure performed to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) in men who do not respond to other conservative treatments such as medication, vacuum erection devices, or injections. Erectile dysfunction is a condition where a man is unable to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse.
During penile prosthesis implantation, a prosthetic device is surgically inserted into the penis to allow the patient to achieve an erection when desired. There are two main types of penile prostheses:
- Inflatable Penile Prosthesis: This type of prosthesis consists of two inflatable cylinders implanted within the penis, a fluid reservoir placed in the abdomen, and a pump typically implanted in the scrotum. When the patient wants to achieve an erection, they manually activate the pump, which transfers fluid from the reservoir to the cylinders, causing the penis to become rigid and erect. After intercourse, the patient can deflate the prosthesis to return the penis to a flaccid state.
- Semi-Rigid or Malleable Penile Prosthesis: This type of prosthesis is a simpler device that consists of flexible rods implanted within the penis. The penis remains in a semi-rigid state but can be bent into a more erect position when desired. Unlike the inflatable prosthesis, it does not require a pump or reservoir.
Penile prosthesis implantation is typically considered when other treatments for ED have failed, and it may be a suitable option for men who have:
- Severe ED that does not respond to medication or other therapies.
- Anatomical or physiological factors that make other treatments less effective.
- A desire for a more spontaneous and reliable solution for achieving erections.