Penis Implants

Penis implants are beneficial for anyone that is unable to achieve an erection and is not responding to ED medication, suppositories, injections, or vacuum devices. This can also help anyone that has Peyronie’s disease. This disease causes pain and bending of one’s penis during an erection, especially if this disorder is coupled with erectile dysfunctions. Keep in mind that implants do not enhance the penis’ length, nor do they increase sexual sensation or desire.

There are some different types of penis implants available. The two different types of implants are the inflatable and semi rigid implants. Each has their own features and benefits that may make one seem more appealing than the other. If you are trying to decide which is better for you consulting a board certified plastic surgeon should be the first step in your decision making process.

The most popular types of implants are inflatable and semi-rigid implants. The inflatable implant is the most common type of implant. The inflatable is in two pieces whereas the other commonly used semi-rigid variety uses three. Just like the two-piece version, the three piece version has two cylinders that are inserted into the penis and a larger fluid filled reservoir. The three piece model’s reservoir gets implanted under the abdominal wall and not the scrotum like the two piece one has.  There are many benefits to the inflatable implants. This is preferable because they are able to be inflated and deflated on command. There is also a reduced risk of damaging the inside of the penis, because there is not constant pressure to the inside of the penis.

The other type of implant is the semi-rigid implant. This is beneficial in that they’re less expensive than the inflatable implants. The surgery for semi rigid implants is simpler than the inflatable variety, as it has fewer parts than its counterpart. They are considered by some to be less effective at producing erections than inflatable systems, but their fewer number of mechanical parts means that there is less of chance for there to be complications when it comes to installing them.

Penile implants can cost up to 20,000 dollars. The cost includes the surgeon’s fee, operating and implant fee, and the fee for anesthesia. Upon precertification Medicare and many insurers may cover the cost of the surgery. You should make sure you know your insurers exact policy prior to committing to any surgery options. Surgeons that are board certified and have the most experience are the way to go. The most experienced surgeons often have a larger surgeon’s fee, but it is a good way to know that they do quality work. Deciding if the costs are worth it depends on your needs.

There are risks associated with any type of major surgery. Some of the risks associated with this type of surgery are infection and mechanical failure. Mechanical failure is a risk because repairing it may involve having to undergo another surgery. The more mechanical parts that an implant system has means that there are more risks for potential failure. The inflatable system has a much higher risk of failure than a rigid system, but the inflatable versions are typically known for being the most effective when it comes to producing the best results when achieving an erection. The risks should be something to weigh when it comes to deciding upon which is right for you, but if you are dealing with a board certified plastic surgeon you can be assured that you will have a much lesser risk. This is because board certified surgeons have to undergo tests to prove their knowledge and skill.