If non-surgical management is not effective to treat Erectile Dysfunction, there is another very effective option: a penile prosthesis.
A penile prosthesis or a penile implant is a device that can be used to effectively treat Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and if implanted by an experienced surgeon, can last at least 15 years with regular robust use.
The technology and engineering over the last 30 years have come a very long way indeed and have gone under numerous engineering advancements. These have made implants an effective permanent solution for the sexual satisfaction for a man and his partner.
Advancements have also meant a penile implant is a very safe option. The device is made of bio-compatible silica that the body won’t reject. It is coated in an antibiotic solution so the risk of infection is very low.
How does a penile implant work?
A penile prosthesis, in essence, is a 3-part hydraulic device.
The three-piece device features a fluid-filled inflatable prosthesis that consists of two inflatable cylinders placed in the penis, a pump implanted in the scrotum and a fluid-filled reservoir placed in the lower abdomen.
The entire implant is concealed within the body and it is not visible virtually undetectable to the naked eye. Essentially two cylinders are inserted side-by-side into the corpora cavernosa in the shaft of the penis.
After a man has recovered from penile implant surgery, which is 4-6 weeks, when an erection is desired, the pump in the scrotal pump which transfers fluid from the reservoir into the cylinders. The inflatable cylinders are filled, expand and result in an erect penis.
What are the benefits of penile implant surgery?
If penile implants are right for you post-diagnosis with an experienced urologist, there are a number of important benefits many other treatments such as pills and injection therapy just don’t feature.
Firstly, penile implants are the most reliable form of managing erectile dysfunction which means sexual spontaneity is always possible.
Intimacy and growth in a relationship both sexually and emotionally are heavily reliant on a couple’s ability to enjoy intimate sex whenever the desire arises. For instance, randomly in the early hours of the morning when taking a pill taken is not immediate would not be ideal.
Reliability is also a key factor and can have a considerable effect on a man’s confidence knowing a penile implant will work every time.
Finally, and likely most importantly for most men, performance anxiety and fear of embarrassment is no longer a factor.
How much do penile implants cost?
The costs will vary depending on whether you have health insurance and at what level.
You will find most private health insurance providers will cover either partially or completely the cost of the implant.
Is the penile implant cost covered by Medicare?
There are also Medicare rebates for the surgery and implant. Feel free to contact Dr Katelaris’ office for a detailed cost breakdown.