ED Treatments – Penile Implants

Last updated: October 2022

So once again, I was reading the comments on a previous article, and someone asked a question about erectile dysfunction (ED) and penile implants. In an earlier article, I briefly mentioned penile implants, but I did not have the space to get into the topic as much as I would have liked.

To get this article started, it’s important for you to know there are different types of implants. Depending on the severity of your cancer, you should have a discussion with your doctor about which type of implant is right for you. Let’s get started.

Weighing the options

Most people are aware of the various types of help for ED. There are pills, injections, and vacuum pumps. The pills do not work for everyone, and many people do not like to inject anything into their penis. Some who are looking for a more permanent solution to this issue are opting for penile implants.

Currently, there are two main types of implant: the inflatable and the semirigid rod. When making a choice, please keep in mind there are advantages and disadvantages to both. Please talk to your doctor about which option is the best for you.

Inflatable implants

There is a 2-piece and a 3-piece model of inflatable implants. Typically, this implant is made of 2 inflatable cylinders in the penis, a small pump located in the scrotum, and a fluid-filled sac located in your lower abdomen.

Basically, you lightly squeeze the pump, which moves the fluid into the 2 cylinders that give you an erection. By pressing on the release valve, the fluid goes back to the sac and the erection goes away.1

The inflatable implant feels the most natural. Additionally, the inflatable implant looks the most natural when erect and flaccid. Plus, the inflatable models can expand the girth of the penis and, in some cases, make the penis slightly longer.1

However, it is the most expensive option and requires the most surgery. There is also the possibility of mechanical problems.1

Semirigid rods

This type of implant is a bendable rod that is usually made of braided stainless steel or plastic coated with silicone. When you are ready to have sex, the rod is simply bent to an erect position. When sex is over, it is bent back down.

Many people choose the semirigid rod because it is cheaper, less invasive surgery, and easier to use. But keep in mind that, because the penis is always “erect,” it is harder to hide under your clothes.1

Ask your doctor and decide

As I close this article, it is important to make 2 quick points. First, you may not have known that getting an implant is an option because you were not told. Please be sure to ask your doctor to get more information about these implants. Second, you may just be tired of surgery and will make the choice not to get an implant. For some men, that is a very wise choice.

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