Life would have been a smooth journey for 52-year-old Zia-us-Salaam (name changed), had frustration not seeped into his life. Victim of erectile dysfunction (impotence), Haq was forced to take a divorce twice – leading to frustration and no hope of a happy life.
A senior government employee, Haq’s problem – not being able to maintain an erection during sexual intercourse – is not an uncommon one. A similar situation was faced by 28-year-old Sumanjeet Sikdar, who was bit by a stray dog on his penis when he was just six months old. The dog bit off most of his penis, which went on to become a barrier as he gradually attained a marriageable age.
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Urologists in India said that erectile dysfunction is not a “new problem in society”, with around 50% men in India having the condition.
According to experts, erectile dysfunction has a “perfect cure”, but because men do not feel comfortable in revealing their problems they face marital breakups due to sexual complications.
After being dissatisfied with their friends’ advice for treatment, Haq and Sikdar finally went to medical experts who offered them hope.
The two were asked to undergo a penile implant surgery in which devices are placed inside the penis to allow men with erectile dysfunction to get an erection.
While Zia was ready to pay anything close to Rs.10 lakh to get his condition cured and underwent the inflatable penile implant, Sircar underwent the semi rigid penile implant surgery, which cost him less than the inflatable implant but offered effective cure.
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PN Dogra, head of the urology department at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), said that penal implants are of two types – semi rigid and inflatable.
“In the inflatable penile implant surgeries, cylinders (placed inside the body) are used to replace the spongy tissue inside the penis that fills with blood during an erection. These implants come in a variety of diameters and lengths and range anything from Rs.5 lakh to 8 lakh,” Dogra told IANS, adding that such surgeries are very popular in the West.
However, it is the semi-rigid or non-inflatable implant which is more common in India. It costs around Rs.1 lakh, excluding the surgical charge.
“Such implants are firm. They can be bent into different positions,” Dogra told IANS.
Another thing about the implant surgery is that the partner is not able to make out about the implant.
source: Hindustan times