Erectile dysfunction affects many men as they get older. Studies have shown that half of all men experience at least some form of erectile dysfunction within their lifetime. The reasons for erectile dysfunction vary according to their existing medical conditions.
Not all erectile dysfunction cases are attributed to a physical condition. Some men have trouble getting an erection because of stress, anxiety or other psychological factors. In these cases, the treatment solutions would involve lifestyle changes such as exercise, nutrition and counseling. These simple habitual modifications can go a long way in reducing or reversing erectile dysfunction symptoms.
A urologist may be inclined to prescribe medication to assist a patient as well. When a chemical imbalance in the body contributes to erectile dysfunction, a man can take certain prescription medications to correct the imbalance. This determination is made after the urologist conducts a complete examination of the patient to determine the exact cause of their erectile dysfunction.
Most erectile dysfunction conditions are reversible without surgery. However, there are cases where men cannot maintain an erection even after they make lifestyle changes. This would mean they have a more severe condition known as irreversible erectile dysfunction. The condition stems from physical problems within the erection chambers and groin area that prevent an erection from forming.
A penile prosthesis implant is the best solution for reversing any erectile dysfunction that is irreversible through natural means. The urologist implants a prosthetic surgical device into the groin area and penis of the patient. The purpose of the device is to help the patient form and maintain an erection during sex.
Keep in mind that penile prosthesis implants don’t increase the sensitivity of the penis’ skin. An implant is not meant to boost or enhance the sexual experience of the man. It is simply meant to allow the man to have sex in the first place. The urologist will perform one out of the two possible types of penile prosthesis implants that are available.
The most common penile prosthetic implant consists of flexible plastic rods that get placed inside of the penis’ two erection chambers. It is a popular choice because you can move and adjust the erection to a suitable sexual position. The plastic rods are bendable and easy to maneuver as needed.
In extreme cases of erectile dysfunction, the urologist will recommend for the patient to receive a hydraulic variation of the penile prosthetic implant. The hydraulic penile prosthetic implant feels more natural because you have more control over the erection. The urologist inserts a pump and reservoir behind the groin muscles.
Tubing from the reservoir is connected to the two erection chambers. Anytime you wish to have an erection, you simply turn on the pump to send fluids from the reservoir to the erection chambers. That will cause you to form a full erection within seconds. Once you are done having sex, you can use the deflation valve to send the fluid back to the reservoir.
Lesson to Remember
An experienced urologist will only recommend a penile prosthesis implant if your erectile dysfunction cannot get reversed through traditional treatments, such as lifestyle changes and medications. Your best bet would be to attempt these modifications to your daily lifestyle and see if it helps strengthen your erections.
The decision to get a penile prosthesis implant is yours alone. The urologist will explain the pros and cons of choosing to get the implant procedure done. The biggest downside is that you would never be able to form an erection again naturally if you had the implant removed. That is why you need to be absolutely sure that you cannot reverse your erectile dysfunction through lifestyle changes.