Erectile Dysfunction Specialist, J. Francois Eid, M.D., Reports Wide Misconceptions about Penile Prosthesis Surgery

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Out of concern for wide misunderstandings about penile implants and penile prosthesis surgery, Dr. J. Francois Eid, M.D. wants to reach a broader public in the hopes of dispelling unfounded fears about the erectile dysfunction procedure. Patients who receive penile implants report extremely high satisfaction rates, yet lingering misperceptions remain about the penile prosthesis device. Dr. Eid performs more penile implant surgeries than anyone in the entire world. He is in a better position than most to witness time and time again the profound positive difference a penile prosthesis can make in a man's life, significantly improving his self-esteem and his intimate relationships.

J. Francois Eid, M.D.

It should be reinforced to the patient that implants do not negatively affect penile sensation or the ability to climax or ejaculate.

Dr. Eid has noticed a contradiction in the treatment of erectile dysfunction that lies herein: patients who receive penile implants report extremely high satisfaction rates, but many men seeking treatment for ED remain fearful or apprehensive about the procedure. Dr. Eid believes this is due to misconceptions that persist despite extremely positive patient experiences with penile implants. Dr. Eid says uncertainty about the success of implant surgery and fear about infections and prolonged pain are the most common reasons given for not wanting penile prosthesis surgery.

The best possible way to counter misconceptions is to educate and Dr. Eid spends a considerable amount of time doing so because he knows how successful penile prosthesis devices are as a treatment for erectile dysfunction and how beneficial they can be to a man's life.

Many patients hear the penile prosthesis called a penile implant pump and erroneously think the pump is located outside the body. By extension, there's a fear that the prosthetic device will look unnatural and will interfere with sexual intimacy. Dr. Eid says these fears are most effectively dispelled by showing photographs or videos that demonstrate how the implant functions and how it's concealed within the penile shaft and scrotum. A NORMAL LOOK AND FEEL OF THE PENIS IS OBTAINED WITH AN IMPLANT. Also, Dr. Eid adds, "It should be reinforced to the patient that implants do not negatively affect penile sensation or the ability to climax or ejaculate."

Another extremely beneficial way to break down barriers of fear and misunderstanding, in Dr. Eid's experience, is to enlist the support of men who have undergone penile implant surgery and are willing to talk about it. Their firsthand experiences and real-life stories about how the implant feels and is used seems to offer reassurance and relief to patients considering penile implant surgery. Contact with former patients also gives men a sense of confidence in their physician if he or she readily offers referrals.

Dr. Eid explains to patients that infection rates have been drastically reduced since the antibiotic-coated devices (InhibiZone) became available in 2001. Also, he himself has developed a special "no-touch" surgical technique that eliminates direct and indirect contact between the prosthesis and the patient's skin, which is the origin of most infections. As for prolonged pain, Dr. Eid says penile implant recipients report that pain diminishes every day following surgery and is completely absent in 2 to 4 weeks.

As a surgeon who performs more penile implant surgeries than anyone in the world, Dr. Eid knows what a remarkable and positive difference the treatment can make in a man's life. He sincerely wants men with erectile dysfunction to dispel unfounded apprehensions about penile implant surgery so that they can be successfully treated and go on to lead normal, healthy and productive lives.

About J. Francois Eid, M.D, and UrologicalCare.com

Dr. Eid is the director and founder of Advanced Urological Care in New York City. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Urology at Cornell University. Dr. Eid is one of the foremost specialists in urological prosthetic reconstruction and performs over 300 internal penile implant surgeries per year. Dr. Eid leads workshops on penile prosthetic surgeries worldwide. More information about penile prosthesis surgery and Dr. Eid can be found at his website: http://www.urologicalcare.com

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