A penile implant offers a long-term solution for ED.4 It is an erection assistance device that is placed inside the body during a routine outpatient procedure. It allows for spontaneity and puts the man back in control of his body. Penile implants were designed to mimic the look and performance of a natural erection.5
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|A penile injection is placed into the penis to inject medication to create an erection. This produces an erection within 5-20 minutes.6 Potential side effects include priapism (erection lasting 4 hours or more), penile pain, numbness or irritation, bruising at the injection site, and penile fibrosis (deformed penis shape).7|
|Insertable medications are another ED solution available but are not as commonly prescribed. A small pellet (suppository) is inserted into the urethra using an applicator and the pellet is released allowing for increased blood flow, creating an erection. Erections usually start within 10 minutes and last between 30-60 minutes. Side effects can include burning and aching in the penis and groin.8|
|Vacuum erection devices are external pumps placed over the penis to help with ED. The device, consisting of a cylinder and pump, creates a vacuum that pulls blood into the penis creating an erection and a constriction ring that helps maintain the erection. Patients that use vacuum erection devices may have a learning curve and may experience an erection that is not warm to the touch.9|
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