What is penile implant?

Penile implants are devices placed inside the penis to allow men with erectile dysfunction (ED) to get an erection. Penile implants are typically recommended after other treatments for ED fail. The surgery involves placing inflatable or flexible rods into the penis. Inflatable rods require a device filled with saline solution and a pump hidden in the scrotum. When you press on the pump, the saline solution travels to the device and inflates it, giving you an erection. Later, you can deflate the device again.

How Penile Implants Work?




There are 3 different penile implants that are available today. The 3-piece inflatable penile implant is the most popular implant and a malleable and rigid penile implant is also available. Both implant types are custom fitted to your body to allow you to have a satisfactory erection for sexual intercourse. Your sensitivity and ability to ejaculate should not be affected.

The primary difference between the  penile implant types is that the 3-piece inflatable implant produces a more natural erection while the malleable implant (flexible rods) produces a permanently firm penis.


Who’s a good candidate for this procedure?

  • You have persistent ED that impairs your sex life.

  • You’ve already tried medications such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), vardenafil (Levitra), and avanafil (Stendra). These drugs result in erection appropriate for intercourse in as many as 70 percent of men who use them.

  • You’ve tried a penis pump (vacuum constriction device).

  • You have a condition, such as Peyronie’s disease, that is unlikely to improve with other treatments.

Who does not require penile implant?

  • There’s a chance ED is reversible.

  • ED is due to emotional issues.

  • You lack sexual desire or sensation.

  • You have a urinary tract infection.

  • You have inflammation, lesions, or other problems with the skin of your penis or scrotum.

Does penile implant affect urination?

No the implant will not affect urination as the urinary passage is separate from where the implant is positioned in the penile body.

How long do penile implants last?

These devices are mechanical so eventually they will fail. With modern devices they usually last even more than 20 years. When they fail an additional surgery is required is required to replace the device (very similar to original surgery).


How many inches can penile surgery add?


Implants can Increase penis length. Penile prostheses can act as a tissue expander, increasing penile length, and sometimes girth, in men with refractory erectile dysfunction, a retrospective analysis of men undergoing revision surgery suggests.

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