Are penis implants safe?


If you’re a man, poor performance in the bedroom can be a serious toll not only on the quality of your sex life, but also on your sense of self-esteem and overall manliness.

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

“It was very frustrating,” Chalk, 70, told Fox News of his condition with ED. “For a woman, the spiritual, but for a human being, the physical, and often we feel not the full man.”


But after the start with the use of a penis implant a portion of input device that provides erections, complete with sense, on-demand — more than a decade ago, the Chalk feels.

“I don’t have to worry about [ED],” he said. “With the implant, when I say” we ‘re gonna have a good time, we’re gonna have a good time, because you can easily pump it up. It works. It gives you joy.”

Rising ED rates

Despite the improvements in the production and surgical application of penis implants in the past decade, too few people consider them as a viable option, Chalk the urologist, Robert J. Cornell, a board-certified urologist in general, and prosthetic urology in Houston city centre, told Fox News.

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

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

Of the 100,000 people who underwent a prostarectomy last year, 50 percent suffer from ED prior, and among those that do not for the surgery, 60 percent of the development of the condition post-operatively. Prostarectomies, in which the prostate is completely or partially removed, can lead to ED.


For a third of the men, ED medication does not work, Cornell said. For many patients, such as Chalk, other ED solutions available are also not or uncomfortable.

“I tried everything they had on the market,” Chalk said. “I tried the pills, I tried a vacuum erection device, I have tried the photos, and none of it worked for me.”

Low penis implant use

And yet, 2015 is a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that, despite the increase in ED rates, popularity of penis implants seems to be waning.

The study authors, from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, found that while the number of men with ED to jump by 165 percent during the 10-year study, penis implant to use fell. About 4.6 percent of men with ED to have a penis implant in 2002, and only 2.3 percent of the men underwent the procedure in 2010. Researchers drew their results from the public Medicare files of about 1.8 million people.

Each year, fewer than 20,000 penis implant procedures are done worldwide, Cornell said.


Penis implants are not noticeable physical or sensational to men or their partners. The devices consist of a pump, two cylinders and a reservoir that is implanted in the body. Typically, the operation, which is performed under general anesthesia, takes 30 minutes, Cornell said. The procedure can cause scrotum swelling, and he advises men to wear a jockstrap for a week and avoid exercise for about a week, but usually patients return to work within a week.

With the help of the penis implant

With the help of the penis implant is a simple, said chris Cornell. When activated by pressing on the pump, the reservoir filled with liquid in place of blood for the penis usually used in the form of an erection) and brings it to the cylinders in the penis, allowing the blowing up of them.

When a man wants an erection, he reached in his scrotum sack, the bottom of the penis, and squeezes the pump. He will remain upright, even after the ejaculate till he is pressing on a deflation valve at the base of the pump to return the liquid in the reservoir.


Despite the fact that an average infection rate of less than 2 percent, some men can be frightened of the procedure, because it can result in a penis, that is a quarter of an inch shorter, Cornell said. Rarely, penis implants can injure adjacent structures.

Why men are not up to them

Dr. Tobias Kohler, a professor of urology at SIU School of Medicine, told Fox News that he thinks the reason why more men don’t get them is simply a lack of awareness.

“It is paid for by Medicare, and so all the people who are eligible for the” Kohler said. “If you’re healthy enough to climb a flight of stairs, you’re healthy enough for an implant, and use.

Kohler said that, of those men who have penis implants, 95 percent report that they would recommend to a fellow male friend, and about 93 percent of the women would recommend to a friend, a partner.


About 70 percent of the penis implants last 15 years or longer, Kohler added.

Chalk, who is on his second penis implant in about 14 years, said that the surgery for ED is not for everyone, but he wants people to know that they have options.

“[The implant] gave me back all my confidence because I knew that it was going to work every time I wanted to work,” Chalk said. “It was just the fact that they know that I was able to perform was the important thing.”

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