Penile implants are devices that are placed inside the penis to provide erection and it is a type of treatment that is recommended after all other treatment methods fail. If the patient has tried all of the other treatment methods but still couldn’t regain sufficient erection for sexual activity, penile implants should be considered.
Even though penile prosthesis implantation is the least preferred method for the treatment of erectile dysfunction since it requires an incision on the penis, most men and their partners report that they are satisfied with the treatment.
Types of Penile Implants
In order to make sure that a penile implant is the best treatment option, the urologist carries out a full physical exam including a urological exam to confirm the existence of erectile dysfunction and that it cannot be treated with any other method.
Also, the doctor determines the probability of complications due to penile implantation surgery. Since certain types of penile implants require more manual dexterity, the doctor also checks whether the patient is able to use the implant.
The patient should be sure of the extent of the procedure and that he chooses the type of penile implant that is most suitable for him. It is important to know that the operation is permanent and irreversible.
Penile Prosthesis Implantation
Even though no serious pain after penile implant surgery is expected, it can be relieved with medication. Mild pain may persist for several weeks.
Antibiotics should be used for 7-10 days to prevent infection.
It will be necessary to go to a doctor’s control to remove the stitches after about two weeks.
The doctor will give the patients exercises to inflate and deflate the prosthesis before sexual activity, depending on the type of implant to get used to the implant and keep the muscles in that area active.
The doctor gives individual instructions on when to resume daily life. It is expected that to resume strenuous physical and sexual activities six weeks after surgery.