Treatment Options, Is a penile implant right for you?

Candidates for Penile Implant Surgery

If your doctor has diagnosed you with erectile dysfunction (ED), and other treatments haven’t worked to restore your potency, penile implant surgery may be the best solution for you.

Penile implants are generally considered when other forms of treatment for impotence, including treating any underlying medical problem and prescribing medications such as Viagra, have failed.

Most men with persistent ED will be candidates for penile implant surgery. Good candidates are men whose ED has a physical cause, usually neurogenic (related to the nerves) or vasculogenic (related to blood flow).

Neurogenic impotence can be caused by diabetes, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, or prostate surgery. Vasculogenic impotence may be the result of cardiovascular disease.

Other candidates for penile prostheses include men with Peyronie’s disease. This disease pulls the penis into a bent or J-shaped erection unsuitable for intercourse. A penile plant can correct this structural problem.

You are not a good candidate for a penile implant if your ED is caused by psychological or psychiatric problems or if you suffer from a hormonal balance which could be corrected with hormone therapy.