Few things are as distressing for men like erectile dysfunction, but if you need a penile implant to achieve an erection, it’s important to know that over 90% of men are very satisfied with the results. As a skilled urologist, J. Abram McBride, MD, has years of experience successfully performing penile implant procedures so his patients can enjoy a full sex life. If you have trouble getting or maintaining an erection or you’d like to learn more about penile implants, call his office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, or schedule an appointment online.
Dr. McBride may recommend a penile implant to treat two conditions:
You have erectile dysfunction if you can’t have or maintain an erection that’s firm enough for sexual intercourse. 97% overall patient satisfaction and 96% of partners reported sexual activity with the implant to be excellent or satisfactory.
When men with Peyronie’s disease have an erection, their penis is curved rather than straight. Peyronie’s, which is caused by scar tissue inside your penis, can be painful and may cause erectile dysfunction.
A penile implant procedure is typically done in an outpatient setting. Dr. McBride makes a small incision to place the implant inside your body which gives you the ability to have an erection for as long as you want. Dr. McBride may discuss two types of implants with you.
The AMS700™ inflatable penile prosthesis, manufactured by Boston Scientific, is often considered the "gold standard" of treatment for erectile dysfunction. It has three parts: a fluid-filled reservoir that Dr. McBride inserts under your abdominal wall, a pump that goes inside your scrotum, and two cylinders that he implants inside your penis.
To have an erection, you press the pump, which sends fluid from the reservoir into the two cylinders and causes an erection. When intercourse is finished, you press a release valve on the pump, allowing the fluid to flow back into the reservoir.
Dr. McBride's preferred malleable implant is the Tactra™, manufactured by Boston Scientific. Dr. McBride implants two cylinders in your penis. You simply bend the cylinders up to create an erection and keep them down the rest of the time.
During the procedure, Dr. McBride places the cylinders in two hollow chambers called the corpora cavernosa that lie on either side of the shaft of the penis. The corpora cavernosa line your penis and contain spongy tissue that normally fills with blood to cause a natural erection.
If you get an inflatable implant, Dr. McBride inserts the pump and reservoir, connecting the parts with narrow tubes.
You stay in recovery until the anesthesia wears off, then you can go home the same day. You should expect to have some swelling, bruising, and pain, but these side effects go away over a few weeks. Dr. McBride gives you post-op instructions about how to care for your penis and when you can return to work, exercise, and sexual activity.
If you have questions about penile implants, call J. Abram McBride, MD, or schedule an appointment online.