An inflatable penile implant is a surgically inserted device consisting of thin penile tubes, a pump, and a reservoir filled with a saline solution used for treating erectile dysfunction, explains Advanced Urological Care P.C. The pump moves the saline solution into the tubes, giving the appearance of an erect penis.
An inflatable penile implant, also called a penile prosthesis, lasts from 10 to 15 years after insertion and is simple to replace, notes Advanced Urological Care P.C. The device enables men who suffer from erectile dysfunction to regain their ability to partake in spontaneous sexual activity. An additional benefit is that the implant eliminates the issue of premature ejaculation during sex because it allows men to maintain an erection for as long as they desire after ejaculation occurs. The device can make the penis look more youthful and full, which is a benefit for men whose penises shrunk or grew narrower due to prostate cancer treatment.
Most insurance providers offer coverage for inflatable penile implants, according to Advanced Urological Care P.C. First invented in 1973, doctors insert approximately 25,000 of the implants worldwide each year as of 2015. Men often find the implants more convenient than other treatment options for erectile dysfunction, such as medications, external pumps and self-injections, because there are no components to have on hand.