According to World Health Organization (WHO), erectile dysfunction affects more than 50% of the male population at different levels of intensity above 50 years.
It is a disorder in which the man does not get a erection sufficient, which makes penetration difficult and therefore get a satisfactory sexual relationship.
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From the Spanish Association of Urology (AEU) point out that the most common causes of this pathology are vascular causes.
These vascular problems have their origin in different factors as pointed out from the AEU:
There are different ways to treat this problem such as modifying lifestyle habits such as exercising, making changes to diet or taking drugs, either orally or medication injected into the penis.
And when all this fails, that’s when you can opt for the penile implants.
The penile or penile prostheses are devices placed inside the penis to allow men with erectile dysfunction to regain their sexual functionalityl, that is, have an erection.
There are two main types of implants, semi-rigid and inflatable. Although each type of penile implant works differently and has different characteristics, three-component hydraulic prostheses are the most common.
As explained by the doctor Enrique Lledó, urologist specializing in Andrology and Urethro-genital Reconstructive Surgery and head of the Urology Service of the Hospital Vithas Madrid La Milagrosa and Vithas Madrid Arturo Soria, this type of implant offers the best quality of rigidity, efficacy and comfort in sexual intercourse for the patient and the couple and allows them to regain autonomy to be able to maintain satisfactory sexual relations.
What is a hydraulic prosthesis?
As detailed by Dr. Lledó, in three-component hydraulic prosthesis surgery, two paired cylinders are inserted into the corpora cavernosa of the penis, a pump in the scrotum, and a fluid-filled reservoir in the abdomen.
«When the patient wants to have sexual intercourse, he proceeds to activate the device by intermittent pulsation of the pump. This draws fluid from the reservoir into the cylinders, stiffening the penis. A small button independent of the pump and easily located by the patient, when pressed makes the liquid flow in reverse, the liquid returns from the cylinders to the reservoir and the penis becomes flaccid. It is a hydraulic, positive pressure and negative pressure mechanism. It is always the same for both filling and emptying, “he concludes. Enrique Lledo.
In addition to the implantation of the hydraulic device, the urologist emphasizes the importance of explanations to the patient and his partner before the intervention.
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Providing all the information on this mechanism is essential, so that the patient’s expectations are objective, and should be complemented with continuous postoperative care, to resolve the doubts and queries of the patient who has already been operated on.
This work system allows to obtain the best results.
Finally, Dr. Lledó highlights another relevant issue to take into account and that is that the penile implant is not perceptible to the naked eye and the duration of the prosthesis is not infinite, “it has a half-life of between 12 and 14 years.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.