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Penile prosthesis

Penile Prosthesis Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to maintain an erection sufficient for sexual activity. In most cases, you still have normal sensations in your penis and can achieve orgasm and ejaculation.

What is the treatment for erectile dysfunction?

Your doctor at East Valley Urology (EVU) is likely to recommend lifestyle changes to improve your erections. These changes may include:

  • Losing weight
  • Quitting smoking
  • Sufficient exercise

He may also prescribe an oral medication to help you achieve and maintain an erection. If these methods aren’t successful, your doctor may try other therapies, including:

  • A vacuum device
  • Penile injection therapy
  • Intraurethral medications

If these treatments still don’t help you achieve a satisfactory erection, you could be a candidate for a penile prosthesis.

What is a penile prosthesis?

A penile prosthesis is a device implanted into the erection chamber of your penis. These devices help produce an erection-like state, enabling you to have sex. The prosthesis doesn’t interfere with penile sensations, orgasms, ejaculation, or urination. Two types of penile prosthesis are available:
Spectra implant
Your doctor implants a pair of semi-rigid cylinders inside your penis. You can easily lift the implant manually for intercourse, then push it down when not in use.
Inflatable implants
There are several inflatable varieties of penile prostheses. Your doctor implants a pair of cylinders into your penis and a pump inside your scrotum. He also inserts a reservoir of saline solution into your lower abdomen. By squeezing and releasing the pump, the saline fluid moves into the cylinders to create an erection. When intercourse concludes, you can deflate the cylinders using the button on top of the pump and return your penis to its flaccid state.

What can I expect during a penile prosthesis implant?

Expect your doctor at EVU to place you under general anesthesia for your comfort. First, he makes a small incision above the penis, where it joins the abdomen, or below, where it joins the scrotum. Then, he inserts the implant and sutures your incision closed.

Following surgery, you may experience some discomfort or pain for several weeks or receive a prescription for a narcotic pain medication. Other postoperative recommendations might include restricting your driving and other activities and abstaining from sexual activity for a month or two.

To begin enjoying sexual activity again, call or schedule an appointment online today.