A penile prosthesis is a definitive solution for erection problems (erectile dysfunction). This minimally invasive treatment, which can be performed in many occasions without the need to spend the night in the hospital, provides high levels of satisfaction for both the patient and his partner. It allows to regain a lost or damaged sex life.
What is a penile prosthesis?
A penile prosthesis is a device consisting of two cylinders biologically compatible with the body and a small pump that is placed in the scrotal sac. These cylinders are entered in the cavernous bodies of the penis and allow the erection naturally thanks to the concentration of blood inside. With a simple handling, based on the palpation of the pump, the patient activates and deactivates the erection at his will.
A penile prosthesis is usually implemented in men that present a physical injury in the erectile tissue of the penis. These are usually patients who have already exhausted all other methods to treat erectile dysfunction without obtaining the expected result.
How long is the postoperative phase?
After the surgery of penile prosthesis, the patient won’t require any special care in addition to the relative rest and allowing the wound to cure. Typically, patients are allowed to leave the Urology Centre 24 hours after the operation, with the exception of cases presenting specific risks.
Approximately one month after the intervention and after several visits to the Urology Centre to check that the mechanism works properly, the patient will be able to restart their sex life.
Benefits and risks of penile prosthesis
- Offers a long-term solution to erectile dysfunction
- Allows a greater spontaneity that drugs
- Does not interfere with ejaculation or orgasm
- Makes latent or spontaneous natural erections impossible
- If the patient has an infection, sometimes it may be necessary to remove the prosthesis
- The device can experience mechanical failures