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Penile implant surgery is used to treat men with erectile dysfunction caused by severe scarring inside the penis. Usually caused by Peyronie’s Disease, the scarring causes the penis to bend or curve painfully while erect. If several treatments have been exhausted, your urologist may suggest a penile implant. The surgery is an effective permanent solution to ED allowing men the ability to enjoy sexual activity without pills or pumps.

There are several factors considered if the surgery is needed, but most doctors reserve the procedure for the most severe cases of ED. If you’re eligible, the operation is relatively quick and recovery is easy. The surgery takes around an hour and a half and can be done in outpatient. Most men spend the night in the hospital in case of infection or other complications.

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What is a Penile Implant?

A penile implant is a simple device surgically implanted into the penis that allows men with erectile disfunction to have an erection. The two main types of penile implants, semi-rigid and inflatable, have different advantages depending on your preference, sexual activity and condition.

Inflatable implants are most common and can be inflated and deflated with a fluid whenever needed for sexual activity. While the semi-rigid implant is constantly erect but can be pulled towards the body when not in use. This is effective for men with limited dexterity or mobility. Both implants are effective against ED and help men lead sexually active lives just a few short weeks after the operation.

Speak to your Atlanta urologist about the best option for you.

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Is Penile Implant Surgery Effective?

Penile implant surgery is considered after all other treatments are ineffective or have failed entirely. Because several ailments can cause ED such as lack of desire, low testosterone levels and vascular complications, your Atlanta specialist may argue a penile implant may not be the best option for you. There are several factors considered before the surgery ranging from the size of the penis, overall health and age. After a physical examination, a doctor may not deem you eligible for penile implant surgery and suggest other, less invasive, treatment plans.

Recovery after IPP Surgery in Atlanta

Fortunately, the recovery is short and relatively easy on the body. If you’re eligible for penile implant surgery, your doctor will give you instructions for recovery and care specific to your condition. For the best recovery results, most doctors will suggest you follow these simple instructions:

  • Avoid any strenuous activity for at least a month after the operation.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing and underwear.
  • Take antibiotics to prevent infection.
  • Avoid any sexual activity for four to six weeks after the surgery.
  • Don’t put ice directly onto the swollen region or risk pain or frostbite.

Recovery generally takes around one or two weeks but every patient’s recovery differs. The penis and scrotum should be supported, kept elevated as much as possible, and positioned towards the navel for the easiest and quickest recovery. Within the first week, the incision will heal and the swelling will diminish significantly.  After the penis has healed, the urologist will activate and test the device for use. At this point, you’ve probably researched IPP side effects online and come to a conclusion about your next step. Maybe you’ve entered queries like “where to get IPP near me” or “men’s health urologist near me.” If this is you, Advanced Urology is here for you. Call Advanced Urology today at 678-344-8900 to learn more about treatment options and make an appointment.