Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the incapability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. Men who experience ED have decreased blood flow to the penis. They find it hard to have a good sex life. Over 150 million men worldwide suffer from Erectile Dysfunction, according to the latest estimations. By 2025, the figure will rise beyond 322 million.
Erectile Dysfunction may have a physiological and psychological basis. Cardiovascular diseases cause most of the ED problems. . This leads to abnormalities in the penile blood supply and erectile tissue. Diabetes, prostate cancer surgery, obesity, and high cholesterol are common risk factors for Erectile Dysfunction.
Prescription drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are common drugs that can increase erectile function. Actually, they usually help treat the condition firsthand.
However, these drugs will never work if the cause of ED is not due to lack of blood flow to the penis. Penile implants come in here.
Penile implants in Erectile Dysfunction?
There are two main categories of penile implants. These are the inflatable implants and non-inflatable implants. One inflates the inflatable implant to create an erection and deflated after intercourse. Inflatable implants may have two-piece and three-piece devices.
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Three-piece inflatable implants, consist of a cylinder, reservoir and pump. They are the most common implant used. The reservoir holds water or normal saline. One places it under the abdominal wall. Then, he places the pump into the scrotum. There are two cylinders which are placed in the penile body. When the pump is squeezed, the water or saline in the reservoir fills the cylinders and induces an erection. After intercourse, the man releases the pump and the fluid returns to the reservoir.
Dr Mohit Khera is a leading urologist at Baylor College of Medicine. He says that patient and partner satisfaction is greater than 90 per cent and these patients still have orgasm, pleasure and good sensation. Implants however do not affect sexual drive, sensation or orgasm. They just mimic a natural erection so you can have intercourse.