October 20th, 2016
Penile Implants are especially designed devices that are used to permanently address the symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in men. This modality of care is traditionally employed by men who have not had significant success with other non-invasive treatment options. The penile implants are of different types and sizes; and are surgically placed inside the penis. Like every operative procedure, penile implant surgery is also associated with various risks, which need to be understood before opting for this treatment modality.
Penile Implants are usually advised in the following situations:
In some conditions, penile implant surgery is strictly prohibited. These include:
Risks of penile implant surgery are manifold; unless if the surgery is performed by an expert urologist or surgeon. Common risks are:
Infection is the most common complication after the surgery. People with low immunity like diabetics or those with spinal cord injuries are more prone to get infected. Besides, individuals who are undergoing a revision surgery are also at an increased risk. Infection can occur anytime during the post-surgery rehabilitation phase even after many years. When a serious infection occurs, in the form of scrotal swelling, pus accumulation and fever; a surgery is always required to remove the offending implant.
At times, the implant may adhere with the internal skin of the penis, causing the skin to wear off gradually, or may rarely lead to a break through the skin. This sometimes happens as a consequence of the penile infection.
Sometimes, the implants are unreliable and do not function correctly. A semi-rigid implant is likely to break down with the passage of time, while an inflatable implant can cause troubles like leakage of the fluid or pump failure.
Important facts about penile implants:
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