Being able to have and maintain an erection during sexual intercourse can be important to a man’s ego and a source of self-confidence. It can also affect intimacy for a couple. However, men should know they are not alone. An estimated 30 million middle-aged and older U.S. men have erectile dysfunction (ED). This condition, which is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough to have sex, is often treated with medications such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra, as well as other treatment options that include penile injection therapy, a vacuum erection device, and a pellet that is inserted directly into the urethra (urine tube). But these options may not help everyone.
For some of these men, a surgical procedure called the penile implant (or penile prosthesis) may be an option. The penile implant allows men to achieve an erection through an implanted device. These devices can be effective in restoring sexual activity for a man and his partner. According to Yale Medicine urologist Stanton Honig, MD, the penile implant has a satisfaction rate of 95%, in part because it allows for spontaneous relations with a partner at any time.
“Penile implants are an effective way to restore spontaneous sexual activity for men when other treatment options have failed or are not well tolerated,” says Dr. Honig. “In my practice, they have a very high satisfaction rate.”