Updated: Oct 23, 2019
Most men will experience an erectile problem within their life, in fact 40% of men over the age 40 have problems with erectile dysfunction (ED). ED can occur for many different reasons. The most common causes of this are poor blood flow to the penis (vasculogenic) or nerve problems (neurogenic). ED can also be caused by some illnesses such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, peripheral blood vessel disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Another illness that can cause men to have ED problems is cancer, as some of the treatment options can cause these issues. Treatments that can cause ED include radical prostatectomy, brachytherapy or external beam radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer, bowel removal or radiotherapy for rectal or anal cancer, cystectomy (removal of the bladder) or radiotherapy to the bladder for bladder cancer, and spinal surgery or radiotherapy for spinal cancers.
Erectile dysfunction can be treated in many different ways, for example the use of medicines such as Viagra or vardenafil, injection therapy, intraurethral therapy, vacuum pump therapy or ED1000. It is common that men will try two or three different treatments before they settle with one that works well for them, and fits in with their lifestyle. In cases where these treatments are not effective, the only remaining option for them is to consider a penile implant surgery. This is usually in the form of a malleable or inflatable penile prosthesis. The main difference between the two penile implants are that the inflatable implant produces a more natural erection, while the malleable implant produces a permanently firm penis.
Having a penile prosthesis involves undergoing surgery. Surgery takes between 1 and 3 and may involve an overnight stay if you live far from the hospital. It usually takes 6-8 weeks before the implant is ready to be used for sexual activities. The procedure has a success rate of approximately 90%.
Please contact us to find out further information and to book a consultation so that we can assess you and ensure that a penile implant is the right treatment plan for you.
This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.