Having an active, healthy sex life is an important part of adult life. For men with erectile dysfunction, having an active, healthy sex life is frequently beyond their reach. For men who are unable to get or maintain an erection, sex can even be frustrating, stressful, and a confidence-buster.
There are many reasons men develop erectile dysfunction, but the end result is often the same: frustration at being unable to rise to the occasion. Many health conditions and treatments can contribute to ED, including diabetes, prostate cancer surgery, radiation therapy, Peyronie’s disease (penile curvature), priapism, even neurological disease.
When even the little blue pill fails, what’s a guy to do? Well, contact your urologist for starters, as it’s what they do – specialize in disorders of the urinary tract and the male reproductive system.
How Do Implants Work?
There are a number of options available, but the standard is an inflatable prosthesis implanted in the penis connected to a saline reservoir implanted in the lower abdomen. A pump is also implanted under the loose skin at the base of the scrotum.
Inflatable penile implants restore normal function while remaining totally concealed, so the penis looks and feels natural. Best of all, it preserves sensation in the area and the ability to orgasm. And with no pill to take or medicine to inject, you can have sex spontaneously.
The inflatable prosthesis remains limp within the penis until an erection is desired. At that point, squeezing the pump will transfer saline from the reservoir to the inflatable cylinders within the prosthesis, inflating the chambers and causing an erection. A release valve, when pressed, will return the saline fluid to the reservoir, essentially deflating the erection and returning the penis to its resting, flaccid state. There is no pain associated with squeezing the pump to obtain an erection, or with pressing the release valve when an erection is no longer needed.
When to Get an Implant
As men age and testosterone levels drop, getting and maintaining an erection becomes more difficult. Trauma, disease, or some other medical can interfere with the body’s natural ability to get an erection and have sexual intercourse.
If the cause of ED is either untreatable or not resolving in response to medical treatment, it may be time to talk to your urologist about getting a penile implant. It is also a safe alternative for men who are unable to take typical medications used to combat ED.
After the implant operation, men can expect to return to having an active, healthy sex life within about 6 weeks after the surgery.
If you or your partner suffers from erectile dysfunction and cannot get or maintain a satisfactory erection, maybe it is time to contact a urologist and investigate a penile prosthesis. If you live near the area of Phoenix, Arizona, contact Ironwood Urology by calling (480) 961-2323 or request a consultation now. Don’t let ED trouble you any longer; fight back with a penile implant guaranteed to function on demand.