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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.


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


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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