What to know before surgery
A penile prothesis is an effective solution for men who are suffering from ED, that has not been resolved by other available treatment options. Check out what the implant entails with our article about Penile Implant before watching our experts’ videos.
Penile Implant - A solution to treat ED?
A penile prothesis is a surgical operation and should not be taken lightly. Consequently, this treatment is only suitable for men with erectile dysfunction, after failure or intolerance to first or second line treatments. Included in this treatment range are tablets (Viagra, Levitra, Cialis), intra-cavernous injections and the penile pump system (vacuum).
All surgical procedures require a period of reflection: from a few weeks to several months after the first consultation with your urologist or nurse specialist. Feel free to extend this period of reflection, in order to have all the necessary information and support. Good to know: your partner can join you at the consultations! This is the perfect way to receive the necessary support and improve acceptance of the penile implant in your relationship.
Have you decided to take the plunge and opt for the procedure? Certain conditions are required before proceeding:
- If you suffer from diabetes, make sure it is correctly controlled.
- Since the procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, you must be in good health in order to withstand the surgery. But, don’t worry, your condition will be checked during the preoperative check-up.
In addition, there is some important information to be aware of before your operation. 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!
What are the advantages of a penile implant?
There are many advantages to having a penile implant. Thanks to the prosthesis, this will enable you to achieve a rigid erection for the enjoyment of penetrative sex. Some men find that their glans may not be as hard as when you had a natural erection, but the implant guarantees you penetration during each intercourse encounter!
Moreover, 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.
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!