While ED increases, use of penile implants declines

Simply put, a penile implant is a device that that allows a man to have an erection "on demand," when he has trouble doing so naturally. ED is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.

The decline of implant use concerns some doctors, who say penile implants have the highest rate of patient satisfaction among all ED treatments.

"It's like starting a car; you just turn it on when you're ready," said Dr. Darius Paduch, study author and director of Sexual Health and Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. "The guys love it."

Researchers found that the number of men diagnosed with erectile dysfunction increased 165% over the 10-year study period, while the use of penile implants declined, with 4.6% of men with ED getting a penile implant in 2002 and 2.3% of men opting for an implant in 2010. The study's finding tha t penile implants are on the downturn resulted from an analysis of 1,76…
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