I formerly visited this forum just to see what's going on. I've even posted a few times, but not like I did in the past.
In July, 2008 (After I suffered with severe incontinence & ED, following removal of my prostate and after 18 months of no improvement), I received the AMS 800 Artificial Urinary Sphincter (success story) & the AMS 700 CX Inflatable Penile Prosthesis. My surgeon was Dr. Alan Morey at UT Southwestern here in Dallas. I kept receiving requests on this forum for updates. Finally, a member posted some questions and I attempted to answer them. I have some new, encouraging results, so I am pasting the former Q & A's below and adding some updates.
How good is the IPP implant erection?
The erections after implant are good and very usable. In my opinion, mine is not quite as good as before prostate removal, due mainly to the 3/4 of an inch shortening I experienced. But it certainly beats no erection. The wife and I are now experiencing very, very good intamacy again, with good orgasms. It is different... but good.
Do you still feel the same sensations?
I was not as sensitive as pre-prostate removal, but have now gained regained nearly full sensitivity.
Is it obvious that there is something artificial in there to you and your partner?
It's obvious to me because I know it as a fact. There is some extra "hardware" in the scrotum, but it is not readily noticable. My wife says firmness is restored whereas in the past, I had indeed lost some rigidness. I think us older guys naturally lose some of it.
Can you ride a bicycle with one of these implants.
Yes; after the doctor releases you to do so. I ride with no problems.
What do you look like in the locker room when its not inflated?
Flacid, I look larger than my former flacid state. This is due to the fact that implants do not usually recede up into the body as before implant. Neither does the penis shrink as much as it did pre-surgery flacid. So this means the flacid "look" is noticably larger. This subject is discussed regularly on a Yahoo site devoted to penile implants. It's the general opinion there that guys who receive the implant fall into two cartegories: Growers and Showers. Growers expand very noticably when inflated. Showers look fairly large even before inflation and do not gain as much length during inflation. If that is so, I am a "shower".
Is it true that you will lose some length in the penis after implant?
I did. I lost about 3/4's of an inch. It seems most do lose some. But I gained in girth, which is characteristic of the CX. The AMS 700 LGX is supposed to expand length a little. The loss of length is unconsequential to pleasure neither to me or to my wife.
Update: I recently was very surprised to notice what looked like a pre-surgery/implant size when it was inflated. So, after a long, long time of not paying any attentionit, and thinking I'd never recover that former enviable size, and why did it matter as long as I could have sweet relations with my wife, which I do, I discovered that, inflated, I have regained my old size!! I didn't expect it. I've not heard any other implantees say the same thing. But it really does now inflate to my old size. I cannot say I am unhappy about that!
So, to those who still suffer with ed and have lost hope... I hope I have been a help.
Any more questions? Those of us with experience will attempt to answer.