Penile Implant. 4 Tips to Consider Before Going Under the Knife

Why a penile implant

A penile implant doesn’t make you any less of a man. Fast and hard erections are becoming more and more a thing of the past unless you’re a stud in your mid 20’s.

Poor performance in the bedroom can take a serious impact not only on the quality of your sex life but also on your feelings of confidence, self-esteem, and overall manliness.

Just ask Herschel Chalk, a men’s health advocate based in Cincinnati who struggled with erectile dysfunction (ED) for years after two battles with prostate cancer.

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“It was very frustrating,” Chalk, 70, told Fox News of his plight with ED. “For a woman, it’s mental, but for a man, it’s physical, and many times we feel like we’re not the whole, complete man.”

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But after beginning to use a penile implant — a surgically input device that offers fast erections complete with sensation — more than a decade ago, Chalk feels like himself again.

“I don’t have to worry about [ED],” he said. “With the penile implant, if I say we’re gonna have a good time, we’re gonna have a good time because you can easily pump it up. You can have fast erections at an instant. It works, it gives you joy.”

Rising ED rates

Despite improvements in the manufacturing and surgical application of penile implants over the past decade, too few men consider them as a viable option, Chalk’s urologist Robert J. Cornell, a board-certified urologist in general and prosthetic urology in downtown Houston, told Fox News.

Cornell said more than 30 million American men suffer from ED, and each year, 75,000 new men are diagnosed with the condition due to prostate cancer.

The ED rates are particularly bleak for prostate cancer survivors like Chalk, who beat his second round of the disease in 1998.

Of the 100,000 men who underwent a prostatectomy last year, 50 percent suffered from ED prior, and among those who didn’t before surgery, 60 percent will develop the condition postoperatively. Prostatectomies, wherein the prostate gland is fully or partially removed, can lead to ED.

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For one-third of those men, ED medication fails, Cornell said. For many patients, like Chalk, other ED solutions available also prove unsuccessful or uncomfortable.

“I tried everything they had on the market,” Chalk said. “I tried the pills, I tried a vacuum erection device, I tried the shots, and none of it worked for me, still no fast erections.”

Low penile implant use

And yet, a 2015 study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that despite the rise in ED rates, the popularity of a penile implant appears to be waning.

Study authors, from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, found that while the number of men with ED jumped by 165 percent during the 10-year study, penile implant use fell.

About 4.6 percent of men with ED got a penile implant in 2002, and only 2.3 percent of men underwent the procedure in 2010. Researchers drew their results from the public Medicare files of about 1.8 million men. Each year, fewer than 20,000 penile implant procedures are done worldwide, Cornell said.

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Penile implants are not noticeable physically or sensationally to men or their partners. The devices consist of a pump, two cylinders and a reservoir that are implanted in the body.

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