Today, we have a wide variety of options available to treat erectile dysfunction, whether it is pills, penile injection therapy, vacuum erection devices, urethral suppositories, or other investigational alternative therapies. For the right person, any of these options can provide a solution to this common ailment.
However, these treatments can come with downsides, such as not allowing for spontaneity between partners. One ED treatment option that offers spontaneity is the penile implant.1,2 While the penile implant has its own downsides, such as requiring manual dexterity to use it, it’s a long-term treatment for ED. Now, you might not have heard of penile implants before, but they have been around for many years, and there's been quite a progression of development and improvement to these devices.
A modern penile implant is a 3-piece device placed entirely within the body.2 Once implanted, it is very difficult for others to see that you have a device inside you. As shown to the right, the 3-piece implant includes a pump that is discretely placed into the scrotum. The patient or their partner can squeeze and release the pump, which moves fluid into a pair of cylinders or balloons inside the penis to fill the penis and create an erection. The implant cylinders or balloons are placed into hollow spaces that are already naturally in the penis shaft. Once the erection is achieved, it will last until the patient and their partner finish, and then the implant can be deflated.2 This gives the patient and their partner 100% control over when the erection happens, how long the erection lasts, and in some cases, the firmness and rigidity of the erection.2
When surveyed, 95% and 90% of patients and their partners, respectively, were satisfied with the results of receiving a penile implant.3 You can hear what real patients and their partners say about the implant here. The implant does not impact the nerves or the sensation to the tip or outside of the penis, so sexual activity will feel the same for you and your partner. The implant does not affect your ability to orgasm.4-6 All the implant does is allow the penis to be rigid and erect so that you can participate in sexual activity. Say you want to go on vacation. Everything you need is already with you. You don't have to take an extra supply of medication or anything. I tell my patients to expect it to be mechanically good for up to 10 years before it could mechanically wear out.2
It is crucial to note implanting a 3-piece device is a procedure. It is a come-in-go-home-same-day procedure under light anesthesia. It takes about 45 minutes and patients usually return to their routine daily activities within 7-10 days following the procedure. At three weeks after surgery, you'll see my PA or me in the office, and we will teach you how to use the device. Within 4-6 weeks after surgery, most patients are independent, sexually active, and cleared to be intimate with their partner.
Overall, the penile implant is a solution to ED that offers spontaneity – so you can have an erection whenever and wherever you desire. If you would like to learn more about this treatment, you can go to EDCure.org/penile-implant or visit my website, TheMensMD.com, to make an appointment with me.
1. Burnett AL, Nehra A, Breau RH, et al. Erectile dysfunction: AUA Guideline (2018). https://www.auanet.org/guidelines-and-quality/guidelines/erectile-dysfunction-(ed)-guideline.
Accessed January 8, 2020.
2. Data on file with Boston Scientific.
3. Otero JR, Cruz CR, Gómez BG, et al. Comparison of the patient and partner satisfaction with 700CX and Titan penile prostheses. Asian J Androl. 2017 May-Jun;19(3):321-325.
4. Montorsi F, Rigatti P, Carmignani G, et al. AMS three-piece inflatable implants for erectile dysfunction: a long-term multi-institutional study in 200 consecutive patients. Eur Urol. 2000 Jan;37(1):50-5.
5. Coleman E, Listiak A, Braatz G, Lange P. Effects of penile implant surgery on ejaculation and orgasm. J Sex Marital Ther. 1985 Fall;11(3):199-205.
6. Levine LA, Becher EF, Bella AJ, et al. Penile Prosthesis Surgery: Current Recommendations From the International Consultation on Sexual Medicine. J Sex Med. 2016 Apr;13(4):489-518.
EDCure.org is a website sponsored by Boston Scientific.
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Your doctor is your best source for information on the risks and benefits of the AMS 700™ Inflatable Penile Prosthesis. Talk to your doctor for a complete listing of risks, warnings and important safety information.
The AMS 700™ with Inflatable Penile Prosthesis is intended for use in the treatment of male erectile dysfunction (impotence). Implanting a penile prosthesis will damage or destroy any remaining ability to have a natural erection, as well as make other treatment options (oral medications, vacuum devices or injections) impossible.
Men with diabetes, spinal cord injuries or skin infections may have an increased risk of infection. Implantation may result in penile curvature or scarring. Some AMS 700 devices contain an antibiotic (InhibiZone™ Antibiotic Surface Treatment). The device is not suitable for patients who are allergic to the antibiotics contained within the device (rifampin, minocycline or other tetracyclines) or those who have systemic lupus, these patients should use one of the devices that do not contain InhibiZone antibiotic surface treatment.
Potential risks may include: device malfunction/failure leading to additional surgery, device migration potentially leading to exposure through the tissue, wearing away/loss of tissue (device/tissue erosion) infection, unintended-inflation of the device and pain/soreness. MH-545411-AB
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