Am I a Good Candidate for a Penile Implant?

Jun 02, 2023
If you’re unable to have pleasurable sex due to erection challenges, you may be a candidate for a penile implant. Read on to learn how they work and the signs it’s time to consider one.

Over 50% of men experience some level of erectile dysfunction (ED) at some point, and as many as 13% develop Peyronie’s disease (PD). Both conditions can cause discomfort and disrupt a healthy sex life. Fortunately, there are solutions.

If you’re struggling with ED or PD, you may be a good candidate for a penile implant. At Kane Health, serving the Silicon Valley, Atherton, and the San Francisco Bay area of California, our expert team provides penile implants for those who could benefit.

Read on to learn more about this treatment, including signs you’re a good candidate.

How ED and PD affect your sex life

When you have erectile dysfunction, you’re frequently or always unable to achieve or maintain an erection firm enough for satisfying sex. 

With Peyronie’s disease, erections are curved and potentially painful — usually due to plaque buildup. 

ED and PD can impact your sex life by reducing your ability to engage in penetrative sex, reducing your ability to climax, and interfering with intimacy and connection with your partner. You might also notice your desire for sex decreases as your symptoms worsen and performance anxiety increases.

How penile implants work

Most penile implants have three components:

  • Two cylinders placed within the penis
  • A pump placed in your scrotum
  • A reservoir of saline

Once your implant is in place and you’re ready for physical intimacy, you squeeze the pump to move saline into the cylinders. That creates a firm and natural-feeling erection. You can keep the cylinders inflated as long as you’d like.

If you have difficulties using your hands or have a buried penis, a one-piece penile implant may be ideal. This implant stays somewhat rigid at all times.

Optimal candidates for a penile implant

While a penile implant won’t cure an underlying condition causing your erection challenges, such as high blood pressure, depression, or diabetes, it improves your sexual function.

Other signs you may be a good candidate for a penile implant include:

  • Desiring to have spontaneous sex versus waiting 30-60 minutes for an ED pill to work
  • Desiring more control over your erections 
  • Having chronic or permanent ED
  • Having a penis abnormality, such as from PD
  • Wanting to avoid side effects of other ED or PD treatments

Our Kane Health team determines if you’re a good candidate for a penis pump or implant during a comprehensive exam.

To learn more about penis implants or get started with treatment, call Kane Health or request an appointment through our website today.