Am I a Candidate for a Penile Implant?

Am I a Candidate for a Penile Implant?

by Olivia Pryor (SU)

A penile implant is a procedure that Dr. Avila of Ironwood Urology may recommend if you have erectile dysfunction. It consists of an inflatable device being placed inside of the penis along with a hidden pump. Your penis will look and feel natural, and you'll still have sensation. Best of all, you can regain your virility.

So, who qualifies for this procedure?

If You Tried Oral Medications in the Past Without Any Luck

Your doctor may recommend this procedure if you tried oral medications in the past without good results. Medication is often one of the first courses of action your practitioner will recommend. ED drugs elevate the effects of nitric oxide, which is a chemical in your body that relaxes muscles in the penis to enhance blood flow. These medications are effective for many men.

If You Tried a Penis Pump Without Promising Results

Your doctor may recommend a penis pump as a course of action if drugs don't help. It consists of a tube and tension ring that are used to create a vacuum effect to draw blood flow to the penis. This is very effective for some men.

If Your Erectile Dysfunction Is Persistent

Occasional bouts of erectile dysfunction (ED) are normal and aren't a cause for concern, although they can be a nuisance and cause stress. A penile implant is for men who have regular episodes of ED. You should consider a penile implant if ED is affecting your relationship or impacting your self-esteem, and other measures haven't worked.

If Your Erectile Dysfunction Isn't Due to a Treatable Issue

Many causes for erectile dysfunction (ED) are treatable. As a result, your urologist will make every attempt to help you address the cause first. If your ED is caused by stress, relationship problems, weight gain, or uncontrolled medical conditions like diabetes, you should first get a handle of these issues. If you have all of them under control and are still experiencing ED, a penile implant can offer you long-term results.

If You Have Peyronie's Disease

Peyronie's disease occurs when you have scar tissue buildup in the penis, which causes it to curve. In mild cases, you'll have no problem with intercourse. However, in moderate or severe cases, you may have difficulty achieving an erection. Your urologist may recommend a penile implant if other treatments fail to work.

Why Choose Our Urologist in Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Desiderio Avila of Ironwood Urology is an expert when it comes to erectile dysfunction, its effects on intimacy, self-esteem, and quality of life, as well as the many treatments available for it. If you suffer from ED and common treatments have failed to bring you effective, long-term relief, Dr. Avila can discuss the benefits of a penile implant with you.  

Contact Ironwood Urology, serving Phoenix and the surrounding Arizona area, to find the best solution for your erectile dysfunction. Call us today at (480) 961-2323, or fill out our convenient request an appointment form.