By definition, penile implants are devices that are put inside the penis that will allow men with medical conditions to get an erection. They are used to treat a great variety of issues, including erectile dysfunction, congenial anomalies, iatrogenic, accidental penile trauma, micropenis or Peyronie’s disease
A male implant, by definition, are devices put inside the penis that allow men with erectile dysfunction disorder to get an erection. As penile implants involve surgery, there are risks involved, including infection and the possibility that the device will not work. But with recent innovations in materials, designs, and surgical procedures, results have improved and most men with implants say they are satisfied with the results.
There are many different types of penile implants, ranging from semi-rigid devices that can be permanently erect to malleable ones that can be bent into position to hydraulic, inflatable prosthesis that can be inflated or deflated on demand. Here at Philadelphia Urology Associates, an inflatable penile prosthetics in a self-contained, fluid-filled system such as the preferred Titan® Touch by Coloplast is one of our preferred penile implant devices.
In general, penile implants are advantageous because they have low mechanical failure rates, erections that can be maintained as long as necessary, and improvements to the psychological and emotional well-being of the recipient. Disadvantages include the fact that the implant may not be as firm as a natural erection, some models do not deflate easily, the penis may not be completely flaccid, some lose length, and inflation is not instantaneous.
More specifically, for those that are non-inflatable, advantages include that they are easy to use, especially for those with limited dexterity, they are inserted with the simplest of surgeries and are the least expensive. Disadvantages include that they are not commonly performed in the USA, they may have an abnormal feel and appearance, can cause deterioration and thinning of the penile flesh over long-term, and pain and discomfort post-operatively because the penis has to adjust to a constant erection.
Advantages of inflatable penile implants are that they are easy for you and your partner to use, offer the best flaccidity of the shaft while not in use, making them more comfortable and also have the least amount of pain post-operatively, and are totally concealed in the body. Disadvantages include the deterioration and thinning of penile flesh over the long term and, with some models, abnormal feel and appearance.
About Philadelphia Urology Associates
Having two separate offices and physical locations in both Philadelphia and Darby allows Dr. Sloan the ability to treat patients throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding areas like Delaware County. If you have any questions about the treatments available for Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and its symptoms, or other urological disorders, we urge you to contact us now online or call us at (215) 563-1199 today to discuss how we can help you!