Erectile Dysfunction: What to know before surgery?
Undergoing penile implant surgery, there are a lot of important things to consider. Your doctor or nurse will discuss the details of the procedure, your recovery process, and using the implant. Read more about what you need to know before having your operation done.
Which penile implant is best for you?
Penile implants have been a safe and effective standard of care for men suffering from ED for many years, and can offer hope, a return to intimacy and a normal life for many men with ED. There are two types of penile implants that Coloplast offers:
- Titan®inflatable penile implant produces a controllable erection thatacts and feels more like a natural one. Learn more about the inflatable penile implant in our dedicated article.
- Genesis® flexible penile implant produces a permanently firm penis and may be appropriate for men with limited hand dexterity.1 Understand how works Genesis in our article.
You will receive support and reassurance, in order for your operation to take place in the best possible conditions. You will receive clear advice on the choice of implant: semi-rigid or inflatable. Health care professionals will help you to make the choice of system that best suits your body and your needs.
What you need to be aware of:
- Once the prothesis has been implanted, your penis will always remain the same length. For example, if you are cold, your penis will no longer retract due to the tubes in your penis keeping your penis stretched. The cylinders can also be felt when deflated. In fact, when you touch your penis, you may feel the edges of the cylinders: but don’t worry, your implant is not defective!
- A penile implant is an effective solution for men who are suffering from ED that has not been resolved by other available treatment options. It involves a surgical procedure. The majority of men can after full recovery, may resume sexual activity after 6 weeks2.
What are the advantages of a penile implant?
- One advantage and by no means the least! Thanks to the implant, to be able to achieve a rigid erection for the enjoyment of penetrative sex. Even though your glans may not be as hard as when you had a natural erection, the implant guarantees you penetration during each intercourse!
- Moreover, you will receive support and reassurance, so that your operation takes place in the best possible conditions. You will receive clear advice on the choice of implant: semi-rigid or inflatable? Health professionals will suggest the system that best suits your body and your needs.
How long will my implant last?
How much you use your penile implant will impact its lifespan. A sexually active man may therefore see his implant become less and less efficient over the years. For the record, implants are essentially hydraulic mechanisms: the slightest fracture in the tube can cause a leak to another part of the device. For this reason, it is recommended to have your implant checked every 5 years. A correctly used implant can easily last 15 years!3
What are the risks of surgery?
With any surgery, there are some risks to consider. Please discuss the benefits and risks with your physician. This treatment is prescribed by your specialist. Although many patients benefit from the use of this device, results may vary. Discuss the treatment options with your physician to understand the risks and benefits of the various options to determine if a penile implant is right for you.
1: Habous M, Malleable (Semi-Rigid) penile prosthesis. J Sex Med. 2015;12:1984-1988.
2: Erectile dysfunction. NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/
3: Wilson, Steven et al. Long-Term Survival of Inflatable Penile Prostheses: Single Surgical Group Experience with 2,384 First-Time Implants Spanning Two Decades. J. Sex Med. 2007; 4:1074-1079.