Urologists at MedStar Washington Hospital Center work with a multidisciplinary team of specialists in order to provide comprehensive evaluations for men with erectile dysfunction. With the care of a multidisciplinary team, patients at the Hospital Center are treated for erectile dysfunction through medical options as well as through surgical solutions that best meet the patient's treatment needs and goals.
Erectile dysfunction can be the result of serious health complications such as clogged blood vessels or damage from diabetes. Erectile dysfunction can also be caused by anxiety, stress or psychological trauma.
When patients have failed conservative treatment with oral medications, vacuum devices, or injections, our urologists utilize reconstruction techniques, such as penile prosthetics, in order to treat erectile dysfunction. Penile implants are prosthetic devices implanted inside the penis to allow men with erectile dysfunction to have an erection.
Types of Penile Prosthetic Devices
Malleable Penile Implants
The malleable, or semi-rigid, penile implant involves surgically implanting 2 semi-rigid rods into the penis. These rods keep the penis continually firm, but also allow for the penis to bend.
Inflatable Penile Implants
The inflatable penile implant is a fluid-filled device that has the ability to expand and contract. This device allows the patient to control when and for how long he has an erection.