Are You Considering Inflatable Penile Prosthesis?

Inflatable penile implantOral medication is considered the first step in taking care of any ailment ranging from a migraine to tuberculosis, but what do you do when medication is not enough?  Erectile dysfunction is a serious condition, when the pills don’t work is an implant the answer?

Inflatable penile prosthesis could be the answer!  It works by simply inserting an inflatable, malleable rod with a pump in the penis to control erection an allow for sexual intercourse.  Implants are successful in men who can not achieve erections through medication.  The procedure, which is irreversible is considered as a last option when all other treatments have failed.

Why Should I Consider Inflatable Penile Prosthesis?

Any inflatable penile prosthesis should be considered as a plan Z, when every other method of curing erectile dysfunction has failed or proven to be less effective. Inflatable penile prosthesis can be very painful after surgical processes but is completely effective and brings high sexual satisfaction to both partners. It doesn’t affect sexual performance either.

How Does the Inflatable Penile Implant Work?

The inflatable penile implant is made out of two malleable cylinders, an abdominal fluid reservoir and a scrotum pump. These three parts have their specific functions and they are;

  • The Cylinders:  Helps maintain an erection. The cylinder is connected to the pump and the abdominal reservoir, which allows the fluid to flow freely into the penis and makes penetration easier. These cylinders can increase in size to make erection look more natural.
  • The Abdominal Reservoir: Stores the fluid responsible for making the cylinder making your penis erect functional. This fluid represents the blood that should normally flow into the penis.
  • The Scrotum Pump: This is in charge of the whole fluid circulation process. It is the main control for maintaining and attaining an erection. It represents the arteries that should normally allow blood flow into the penis.

To get an erection when all surgical processes have been carried out, the pump placed in the scrotum sack is squeezed a few times to tap in fluids from the reservoir into the cylinder, making the cylinder erect and allowing you to get your own erection.

The mechanism is quite easy and self-explanatory, it’s as easy as putting gas into your car.

Understanding the Surgical Procedure

The surgical process of getting a penile implant could be painful, but local anesthesia is used to help you feel numb during the whole process.

The surgeon makes an incision at the base of the penis and right above the scrotum sack where they connect. Then another opening into one of the erection chambers is made and the tissues in the erection chambers are dilated (made wide) down to the end of the erection chamber at the pelvis bone. Dilation of these muscles are also made upwards, towards of the head of the penis. The cylinder is gently placed with an extender going down into the pelvis and the incision is closed with the second cylinder placed in the same manner as the first.

The pump is buried deep into the scrotum sac and is connected to the cylinder. The surgeon makes another incision through the original incision to place the abdominal fluid reservoir close to the bladder and is filled with saline solution then a connection is made between the reservoir and the pump. Then all tissues are closed.

How do I recover from Inflatable Penile Prosthesis (After Surgery Therapy)?

The recovery process is vital for success and following instructions provided by your doctor is paramount.

Pain relievers and antibiotics are compulsory prescriptions to prevent infections and ease the pain you feel. Sexual intercourse should be completely avoided within the first few weeks after the surgery. Here a few tips to recovering fast:

  1. Eating a balanced diet: Taking enough meals and fruits that will help you heal faster is very necessary. Fruits are also mandatory. Take enough vegetables, lean meat, milk and cheese makes the healing process quicker and easier.
  2. Resting for the first few days: Hectic activities shouldn’t be carried out for the first 2-3 days. Heavy tasked activities can damage the whole stitches and the pelvic region as a whole. Avoid running or jogging. Light walks and exercises are allowed.
  3. Using the prescribed drugs: There are no cheat days in surgery, every prescription and dosage should be properly followed and not ignored to make the whole healing process quicker.
  4. Never use the implant until told to do so: Avoid putting it to the test until you’ve been given a go ahead by your doctor days after stitches have been removed. Using the whole device before given a go ahead can lead to complete damage of the penis and torn stitches.

The recovery process is all on you and is made quicker if you listen to the rules given to you by your doctor.

What are the Risks of Inflatable Penile Prosthesis?

Just like every other surgical processes, having an inflatable penile prosthesis has its own risks too. Some of these risks are;

  1. The devices could get infected: If the devices used are not properly sterilized or get exposed few minutes before surgery, they have to be sterilized properly. If infection is noticed after surgery has taken place, the device has to be removed and surgery would be rescheduled.
  2. Device failure: The devices used are just like every other machines and can be subject to malfunctioning or failure. In this case a new device is used as replacement and surgery has to take place again.
  3. Surgical injuries: It is possible that there might be frequent bleeding after all surgical processes and a separate surgery would have to be carried out.
  4. The pump or abdominal fluid reservoir might change positions and go far beyond where they are supposed to.

However, this risks have slight chances of happening, they don’t frequently occur or are not expected to occur at all. Inflatable penile prosthesis as a high success rate. No other erectile dysfunction treatment should be used after this surgery; they will definitely prove ineffective. The penile implant can assure you a long lasting erection just like you did before the whole penile impairment, it shouldn’t be underestimated.

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