Typically, the surgery, which is done under general anesthesia, takes 30 minutes, Cornell said. The procedure can lead to scrotal swelling, and he advises men to wear a jock strap for a week and avoid exercise for about a week, but typically patients return to work within one week.
Using a penile implant
Using the penile implant is simple, Cornell said. When activated by pressing on the pump, the reservoir fills with fluid (instead of the blood the penis typically uses to form an erection) and transfers it to the cylinders in the penis, thereby inflating them.
When a man wants an erection, he simply reaches into his scrotal sack, the underside of the penis, and squeezes the pump and voilà you got a fast erection. He will remain erect even after ejaculating until he presses on a deflation valve at the base of the pump to return the fluid to the reservoir.
Despite having an average infection rate of less than 2 percent, some men may be deterred from the procedure because it can result in a penis that is one-quarter of an inch shorter, Cornell said. Rarely, penile implants can injure adjacent structures.
Why men aren’t getting a penile implant
Dr. Tobias Kohler, a urology professor at the SIU School of Medicine, told Fox News he thinks the reason why more men don’t get them is simply a lack of awareness.
“It’s paid for by Medicare, and so all men are eligible for it,” Kohler said. “If you’re healthy enough to climb a flight of stairs, you’re healthy enough to get an implant and use it.”
Kohler said that, among those men who do get penile implants, 95 percent report that they would recommend it to a fellow male friend, and about 93 percent of women would recommend it to a friend’s partner.
About 70 percent of penile implants last 15 years or longer, Kohler added. Chalk, who is on his second penile implant in about 14 years, said surgery for ED isn’t for everyone, but he wants men to know they have options.
“[The implant] gave me back all my confidence because I knew it was gonna work every time I wanted it to work,” Chalk said. “It was just the fact of knowing that I was able to perform was the main thing.” Quick fast erections on demand!