What is Penile Prosthesis?
Penile prosthesis is another term for a penile implant. These implants are surgically placed within the penis for people having difficulties with Erectile Dysfunction (ED). This is not normally the first option for those with ED and should be seen as a last resort. There are two main types of penile implants; the inflatable implant and the semirigid implant. Both of these implants are purely designed to allow a man to receive an erection. They in no way a stimulant for sexual desire or libido.
Types of Penile Prosthesis
There are two main types of penile prosthesis; Inflatable penis implants and semirigid penile implants. Here we will go into a little detail about each of the penile implants.
- Inflatable Penile Implants – These are inflatable devices that you would pump up prior to having sexual intercourse. Usually, the inflatable penile implants will consist of three attachments. There will be a reservoir under the abdominal wall that will hold fluid. Next, there will be a pump and release valve inside of the scrotum to control the fluid that will be used for inflation. Finally, the inflatable cylinders that will maintain your erection.
- Semirigid Penile Implants – These penile implants are going to be permanently firm. You will maintain an erection at all times and will have to adjust the penis either towards the body or away from the body.
Risks of Penile Implants
Due to this being a surgery for your penis, there are always risks. These risks include:
- Infections – Infections may cause swelling and inflammation and are a chance in any surgery. These will be treated with antibiotics.
- Implant Issues – Very rarely, these penile implants may malfunction. In these cases, surgery to repair and/or replace the penile implant will be necessary.
There are other issues that may occur that you will have to discuss with your Urologist. If you are experiencing any serious pain following the surgery, contact your health care provider as soon as possible.