Penile Implant in Clear Lake and Houston, TX
What is a Penile Implant?
A penile implant, also known as penile prosthesis, is a surgical device designed to help men suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED) achieve and maintain an erection. This treatment option is known as the gold standard for ED treatment and is a natural, safe, and invisible solution. The implant can allow men to achieve an erection whenever and for however long he wants.
If you’re considering a penile implant for ED in the Houston and Clear Lake area, contact us today to schedule a consultation with urologist Travis Green, MD. Give us a call at (281) 957-9658 or request an appointment through our secure online form. Dr. Green sees patients from throughout the Houston area including League City, Alvin, Galveston, Webster, Clear Lake, Friendswood, Pasadena, and Baytown.
Why Choose a Penile Implant?
High Satisfaction: Patient satisfaction rates following penile implants have been shown to be as high as 97%. Rates are just as high when measuring partner satisfaction. Satisfaction rates following penile implant are higher than any other ED treatment.
Reliable: Penile Implants just work. If you want to get an erection with a penile implant, you can get an erection. This erection will last as long as you would like without increasing risks.
Long-term Solution: Unlike other treatment options, penile implants provide a long-term solution that does not require any ongoing treatment. Studies show that implants usually will last more than 10-15 years.
Spontaneous: No need to carry medication, worry about keeping injections refrigerated, or stick to a schedule that prevents being “in the moment”. The penile implant is ready to perform any time the need arises.
Feel: The penile implant has a natural feel for both the patient and his partner. Penile sensation is unaffected by the procedure.
Low Risk: Penile implant surgery has a low risk of complications, and most men will not experience any, problems after the surgery.
Minimal Downtime: Many men return to their usual routine after about a week and can resume sexual activity in as little as 4-6 weeks.
How does the Penile Implant Work?
There are three types of penile implants: 1) three-piece inflatable implants, 2) two-piece inflatable implants, and 3) malleable implants. The largest manufacturers of penile implants are Boston Scientific and Coloplast. Dr. Green is very experienced with all three types of implants, and works closely with both Boston Scientific and Coloplast to stay current with the most recent research.
Three-Piece Inflatable Penile Implant
The three-piece inflatable penile implant is the gold standard for penile implants as it is the most natural-feeling and expansive implant on the market.
This type of implant is called a three-piece device because it consists of three components: two inflatable cylinders implanted into the penis, a pump implanted in the scrotum, and a reservoir implanted in the abdomen. The three components require only one incision to be inserted.
To create an erection, the man squeezes a button hidden in the scrotum that pumps a saline fluid from the reservoir (tucked into the abdomen) into the cylinders (in the penis) causing the cylinders to inflate and expand. This creates a rigid erection that can be maintained for as long as desired. To deflate the implant, the man simply presses a release valve (also hidden in the scrotum), allowing the fluid to return to the reservoir and the cylinders to become soft and flaccid. This penile implant is a closed system and never requires maintenance or refilling of fluid.
A three-piece penile implant allows for a more natural-looking and feeling erection than a malleable implant. Because the pump and reservoir are contained within the body, there is no visible evidence of the implant.
Two-Piece Inflatable Penile Implant
Like the three-piece implant, the two-piece implant consists of inflatable cylinders that are implanted into the penis and a pump that is implanted in the scrotum. However, the two-piece implant does not include a separate reservoir, which is instead incorporated into the pump itself. As there is no reservoir involved, this device is normally reserved for those with extensive abdominal surgery or scarring. Just like the three-piece implant, the two-piece works by squeezing the pump hidden in the scrotum to move fluid into the cylinders in the penis to achieve an erection. Unlike the three-piece implant, the device is deflated by physically bending and manipulating the cylinders to move fluid back into the pump in the scrotum.
Malleable (Semi-Rigid) Penile Implant
Unlike inflatable penile implants, malleable implants do not require a pump or reservoir to function. A malleable penile implant is comprised of two bendable rods that are placed within the erectile bodies of the penis. These rods can be flexed into an erect position to allow men to participate in intercourse. They can then be bent back down to a more concealed state when an erection is not needed. These devices can be a great option for men with limited dexterity or men who lack the ability to manipulate the pump of an inflatable penile implant.
Why Choose Dr. Green?
Dr. Green is an expert in the field of Sexual Medicine and penile implant surgery. He completed fellowship training in Sexual Medicine following his surgical residency, and has honed his skills to provide the best results to all his patients. When performing penile implants, Dr. Green practices both the No-Touch technique and gentle upsizing of the implant. The No-Touch Technique is important to minimize infection as the entire surgery is performed with almost zero manipulation of the skin, the place where most bacteria lives. In addition, Dr. Green believes in gentle upsizing of the penile implant to maintain the most length and produce the best results.
With penile implant surgery, it is important to choose a surgeon who has experience performing the penile implant to provide the best results with the lowest risk of infection. Men from across the country visit Dr. Green to perform their surgery and ensure the best possible results.
The procedure is a short day surgery that takes about 45 minutes in the operating room. You will be asleep for the procedure under general anesthesia and will be able to go home the very same day. The entire procedure is performed through a small, 4 cm, incision between the penis and the scrotum. Through this small incision we are able to place all components of the penile implant.
After the procedure there will be a supportive dressing over the incision that will stay on for 48 hours. After 48 hours, you may remove the dressing and shower allowing soap and water to run over the incision. Most people are sore for the first 1-2 weeks and are able to return back to light duty around that time. Full duty including swimming and heavy lifting can be resumed 4-6 weeks after the surgery.
The implant should not be manipulated for 4-6 weeks after the procedure. At 4-6 weeks, Dr. Green will see you in his office and teach you how to use the device.
Most commercial insurance providers and Medicare will cover the penile implant. Our staff will ensure that we check all insurance benefits and complete any necessary paperwork prior to proceeding with surgery. For those who lack insurance coverage, we do offer cash pricing.
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