Nothing is quite as distressing and personal for men as seeking help for erectile dysfunction (ED). It’s important to know that you can have complete confidence in John Bertini, MD, FACS, and James Harris, MD, at Gulf Coast Urology. These skilled urologists have more than 30 years of experience treating ED, successfully placing penile implants, and effectively restoring sexual function. If you have trouble getting or maintaining an erection, call the office in Nassau Bay or Houston, Texas, or schedule an appointment online.
When erectile dysfunction doesn’t improve with conservative treatments such as lifestyle changes and medications, your Gulf Coast Urology provider may recommend a penile implant.
Your Gulf Coast Urology doctor implants one of two types of penile prosthetic devices, giving you the ability to have an erection at any time without taking medications or waiting for medication to take effect.
Your Gulf Coast Urology provider thoroughly explains how each type of penile implant works and whether one is a better choice for you, based on your overall health and the underlying cause of your erectile dysfunction. Your implant will not interfere with sensation, ejaculation, or orgasm.
The two types of penile implants are:
A three-piece inflatable implant is the most popular choice for many men because it creates a natural-looking erection. This device includes two cylinders, a fluid-filled reservoir, and a pump. Your urologist places the cylinders lengthwise inside your penis, in the area that normally engorges with blood to produce an erection.
Your Gulf Coast Urology provider then implants the reservoir under your abdominal wall, places the small pump inside your scrotum, and connects all the components with narrow tubing. When you activate the pump, fluid flows into the cylinders, allowing you to have an erection.
You may prefer a two-piece inflatable implant, which works the same way but has the fluid reservoir inside the pump.
Malleable or semi-rigid penile implants are made from two, easy-to-bend, silicone rods. You bend the rods upward to gain the firmness needed for sexual penetration, and they stay in a downward position when you’re not having sex.
The expert team at Gulf Coast Urology performs outpatient surgery under general anesthesia. The procedure only requires a small incision to implant the prosthetic parts, and then your provider closes the incision. They monitor you in recovery for a short time,Your post operative care may require an over night stay in the hospital. and then you go home the same day.
. Your post-operative care may require an overnight stay in the hospital. It’s normal to have some swelling and bruising. These side effects go away over the next few weeks. Six weeks after your surgery, you can use the implant for sexual intercourse. It’s important to wait six weeks, so the tissues have enough time to completely heal.
The team at Gulf Coast Urology has extensive experience restoring sexual function with penile implants. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices or use the online booking system.