Specialty Surgeon Complete Packaged Procedure. A penile prosthesis is another treatment option for men with erectile dysfunction. Penile implants may be an option to consider if you can’t get an erection sufficient for sex with these other methods or if other methods cause undesirable side effects. Penile implant surgery usually takes 45 minutes to an hour. Penile implant surgery is usually done at a surgery center or hospital by a urologist. Your doctor may give you medication to make you unconscious during the surgery (general anesthesia) or may give you medication that blocks pain in the lower part of your body (spinal anesthesia).
Your surgeon will make an incision below the head of the penis, at the base of the penis or in the lower abdomen. Next, your surgeon will stretch the spongy tissue in the penis that would normally fill with blood during an erection. This tissue is inside each of the two hollow chambers called the corpora cavernosa. After flushing the area with antibiotic fluid to prevent infection, your surgeon will choose the correct size implant and place the implant cylinders inside the penis. All sizes are customized to your exact body measurements. Once the device is in place, your surgeon will sew the incisions closed.
Semirigid rods are always firm. The penis may be bent away from the body to have sex and toward the body to conceal the device. Although less commonly used than the inflatable type, semirigid implants are less complicated, easier to place and have less risk of failure.
– Requires the least extensive surgery of all implant types.
– Has fewer parts than any other implant, so less of a chance of malfunction.
– Results in a penis that is always slightly rigid.
– Is more difficult to conceal under clothing than are other devices.
– Puts constant pressure on the inside of the penis, which can cause injury in some men.
Treatment cost includes the facility fee, physician’s fee, related medical procedures and drugs required to administer the plan of care. Not included are diagnostic studies, consultations with additional specialists and cost of complication management; travel, food and lodging.