When medications aren’t enough to treat erectile dysfunction, you might be a candidate for penile implants. The board-certified urologists at Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates offer both semi-rigid and inflatable penile implants to help you achieve an erection that’s firm enough for sexual intercourse. The skilled surgeons use minimally invasive techniques to place the implants inside your body with minimal risk for scarring and other complications. Call the office in Eureka Springs, Rogers, Siloam Springs, or Springdale, Arkansas, to schedule a consultation for penile implants, or book an appointment online today.
Penile implants (prosthetics) are a treatment option for erectile dysfunction when other therapies aren’t working. The implants fit inside the spongy tissue of your penis to improve the firmness of your erection.
In some cases, penile implants may be beneficial as a treatment for conditions like Peyronie’s disease, a painful curvature of the penis, or excessively scarred penile tissues.
Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates offers two types of penile implants — semi-rigid and inflatable. Each works differently to help you get and maintain an erection that’s healthy enough for sex.
Semi-rigid implants use a device to keep the penis slightly rigid at all times. Once in place, you can bend your penis away from your body for sexual activity and then bend it back toward your body to conceal it.
The semi-rigid device is made of springs that hold several segments together to make the positioning of your penis easier and more reliable.
Inflatable penile implants use implantable devices that you can inflate to achieve an erection and deflate after sex.
The Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates team offers two types of implantable penile implants, including two-chamber and three-chamber inflatable implants. Both types contain a water-holding reservoir and cylinders that fit inside your penis and a pump that goes inside your scrotum.
When you’re ready for sex, you use the pump to move water that’s in the implant reservoir out into the cylinders inside your penis to achieve an erection.
During your surgery, the Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates team provides general anesthesia, so you can sleep comfortably.
The surgical procedures differ slightly depending on the type of implant you receive. In general, the surgeons make a small incision below the head of your penis or at its base. They stretch the corpora cavernosa, the spongy tissue on both sides of your penis where blood flows through to support an erection, to fit the implant cylinders or the semi-rigid device.
If you’re receiving a two-chamber inflatable implant, the surgeons also make an incision in your scrotum. For three-chamber implants, they make another incision in your lower abdomen. The reservoir goes inside your abdominal wall, and the pump goes into your scrotum.
After the implants are in place, the team uses sutures to close the incisions. They also offer aftercare instructions to reduce your risk for infection and other complications. It can take 4-6 weeks to heal fully from your surgery, and you need to avoid sexual and strenuous activity during that time.
To find out if you’re a candidate for penile implants, call the Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates office nearest you today, or book a consultation online.