Problems getting or keeping an erection is called erectile dysfunction, or ED. It’s hard to know how many men in the U.S. have ED, but estimates range from 15 to 30 million. Most of the time, ED has a physical cause and can affect self-esteem, cause frustration, anger, and sadness. The good news is that ED is treatable at any age.
Penile Implants to treat ED
A penile implant is discretely placed by Dr. Lance Walsh into a man’s penis and designed to help him achieve an erection. Once implanted, the man is back in control of his body and the implant can be effectively used on demand.
How Penile Implants Work
Two different penile implants are available: inflatable and malleable. The 3-piece inflatable penile implant is more popular, as although both implant types are custom fitted to your body to allow you to have a satisfactory erection for sexual intercourse, the inflatable implant produces a more natural erection while the malleable implant produces a permanently firm penis. Inflatable implants consist of paired cylinders, which are surgically inserted inside the penis by Dr. Walsh, and can be expanded using a pressurized fluid pump placed in the scrotum, which is filled by a reservoir placed in the abdomen. Malleable implants consist of paired firm, but flexible, rods that are surgically placed by Dr. Walsh in the shaft of the penis. The penis is then manually adjusted into the desired position and back down to conceal it.
Reasons to Consider a Penile Implant
- Patient satisfaction rates for inflatable penile implants is very high, especially when compared to the satisfaction rates of those treated with ED medication or other options.
- A penile prosthesis is not noticeable when your penis is flaccid, it is a discrete treatment.
- Recovery time after a prosthesis is implanted is approximately 4-6 weeks, at which point, you can begin enjoying sex once more.
- Penile implants are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare.