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Fewer Men Receiving Penile Implants

Aug 17, 2015

Fewer Men Receiving Penile ImplantsPenile implants are becoming a less popular treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a new study.

In a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine report, a team of American researchers noted that the number of implant procedures among Medicare recipients decreased by 50% between 2001 and 2010.

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New study says fewer men receiving penile implants. (Click to tweet)

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First developed in the 1960s, penile implants, or prostheses, are artificial cylinders that can help men achieve an erection firm enough for intercourse.

Nowadays, over 90% of implants are “inflatable.” To get an erection, a man activates a pump, which is usually placed in his scrotum. The pump releases fluid from a reservoir to cylinders in the penis, creating the erection. After sexual activity, the man deactivates the pump and the penis returns to its flaccid state.

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