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Penile implant patient champion: John, 60

“When you are at the end of the rope, there is still hope.”

Patient John.
  • Patient champion

  • 14 years with the AMS 700™ Implant

  • Diabetes

  • Married, straight 

  • Georgia, USA

  • English

Hobbies include:

  • Watching baseball

  • Reading

  • Travel

John’s story

Experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED) was devastating. Trying and failing at various treatments for erectile dysfunction left John in a depressed state and at the brink of divorce.

In John’s own words

My wife sat me down and asked me three questions: 1) Did I still desire her? 2) Am I having an affair? 3) Was I gay? I love my wife. I was just experiencing ED!

I tried everything. First, I got Viagra™. My insurance would only cover a few tablets per month which wasn’t enough for us. Next, I tried Levitra™. And then Cialis™. Each drug would work for a little while and then it would stop working. I would get an erection but it wouldn’t last or it wouldn’t be firm enough. I would slice the pills to tweak the dose.

After a few years, we tried the vacuum erection device, but it wasn’t for us. Then I tried injections. I went to a “men’s clinic.” I even ordered herbs like “horny goat weed” from an ad in the back of a magazine. I was just trying to feel like a man again.

I was aware of the penile implant because of the reading I had done. The breakthrough came when a relocation had me seeing a new doctor. He referred me to an implanting specialist and one month later there I was, waking up after the surgery with a partial erection! It was the first time I had ever had surgery and honestly, I was nervous. But recovery was pretty easy for me. Having the implant has been REALLY great. I got my life back.

Alternate ED treatments explored

Pills, vacuum erection device, injections, suppositories, and herbal supplements

Implant recovery process

No complications

John’s recent answers

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My erection feels the same — just like before I received my implant. In my experience, you really don’t feel anything different.