Towards the end of June, I will be getting an inflatable penile prosthesis aka a penile implant. I’ve had PFS for 16+ years now. Which means in a number of months I will have had PFS for 50% of my life. I made this thread to log the journey and to educate you guys as to an option to restore your sex life, at least part of it.
Over those 16+ years , ED and libido continue to be the symptoms I struggle to improve. I’ve tested enough treatments and watched enough theories and stories come and go that I am 100% positive this is the best choice I can make to improve not only my sex life, but my overall zest in life. ED has a way to lurk in the back of your mind, creating a fear to flirt with even your own wife out of fear that things could escalate and you could fail.
I have done 3-4 years of research to get to this point. The past 3 years I have tried to get this operation, only to have insurance companies exclude and or deny the operations. Finally, my urologist was able to get them to cover it.
I’ve had dopppler ultrasounds that showed venous leak. My ED is not going to magically get better.
I will likely be getting a Coloplast Titan. The Titan is strongest on the market and given my length (17cm), the most likely to last the longest. The only concern I have with this particular implant (as compared to CX, LGX, or Reginicon) is that the flaccid state of it is still pretty hard at first. Basically, if you need to get erect, a small pump/bulb will be placed in your ballsack, with tubes that connect to the “pipes” in your penis and a small reservoir of saline they place behind you abs. In about 30 seconds you have a hard, erect penis. You stay erect as long as you want, deflating by holding a button on the pump.
Typically, you lose no sensation at all from the operation and many men report having even better orgasms than before. This is a mechanical device and in due time will need replaced. Literature states that the average time a single implant lasts is around 12-20 years, meaning I will likely need a number of implant throughout the rest of my life, with revisions being easier that original implants.
My urologist is young, but does 300 or so implants a year - I think in due time he will be known as one of the top implanters.
I am going to do the infrapubic approach, which means my doctor will do a small incision just above my penis rather than in the ball sack.
I will take a week off of work and hopefully will be able to have sex with it for the first time within 3-4 weeks.
I understand many of you may be afraid because the operation sounds scary, and it was initially for me to. But the more I read and understood it and especially talked to guys who have had it done, almost all of the regret not doing it sooner.
Here is a good video of an infrapubic operation (NSFW).