The placement of penile implants requires surgery. There are two main types of penile implants: semirigid and inflatable. Each type of penile implant works differently and has various pros and cons.
Who are Penile Implants for?
For most men, erectile dysfunction can be successfully treated with medications or the use of a penis pump (vacuum constriction device). You might consider penile implants if you aren't a candidate for other treatments or if you can't get an erection sufficient for sexual activity by using other methods.
Penile implants can also be used to treat severe cases of a condition that causes scarring inside the penis, leading to curved, painful erections (Peyronie's disease).
Penile implants aren't for everyone. If you have:
— An infection, such as a pulmonary infection or urinary tract infection
— Diabetes that isn't well controlled or significant heart disease
Do Penile Implants Work?
In a 2015 study, many inflatable penile implant surgeries were considered successful. (That is, they result in erections for intercourse.) Among men who have had the surgery, around 86% report satisfaction.
Penile implants simulate a natural erection, allowing you to engage in sexual activity. They don’t help the head of the penis get hard, nor do they affect sensation or orgasm.
How Much Does Penile Implant Cost?
If you have an established medical cause for ED, your insurer may cover the cost in whole or in part. Total costs depend on a variety of factors, such as:
— Type of implant
— Where you live
— Whether providers are in-network
— Your plan’s copays and deductibles
If you don’t have coverage, your doctor may agree to a self-pay plan. Request a cost estimate and contact your insurer before you schedule surgery. Most providers have an insurance specialist to help you navigate financial matters.
Are Penile Implants Safe?
As with any type of surgery, there’s a risk of infection, bleeding, and the formation of scar tissue following the procedure. Rarely, complications like mechanical failure, erosion, or adhesion require surgery to repair or remove the implant. However, if you are overweight, have lost penis size from weight gain, are considering male enhancement, and are afraid of side effects or pain, learn to avoid terrible methods and get started in the safest possible way.
Are Penile Implant Effective?
Although penile implants are the most invasive treatment for erectile dysfunction, most men who have them and their partners report satisfaction with the devices. In fact, penile implants have the highest rate of satisfaction of all erectile dysfunction treatments.