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Penile Implantation

Penile Implantation, also known as penile prosthesis surgery, is a surgical procedure to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence) when other treatments have been unsuccessful. It involves the implantation of a device into the penis to enable a man to achieve an erection for sexual intercourse. The implant consists of inflatable cylinders that are surgically placed within the penis, a pump that is implanted in the scrotum, and a reservoir that stores the fluid used for inflation.

Who Needs Penile Implantation

Penile Implantation may be recommended for individuals who experience chronic erectile dysfunction and have not had success with other treatments such as medication, vacuum erection devices, or injections.

When to See a Specialist

It is recommended to see a specialist, such as a urologist or an andrologist when other treatments for erectile dysfunction have not been successful. They can assess your condition, determine the underlying cause of your erectile dysfunction, and discuss the potential benefits and risks of penile implantation. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the procedure, it is best to seek professional medical advice.

Diagnostic & Tests

Before undergoing a penile implant procedure for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED), several tests and evaluations may be performed to assess the patient’s condition and determine the most appropriate treatment approach.

The specific tests conducted can vary depending on the healthcare provider and individual patient circumstances. Here are some common tests done before penile implant surgery:

Medical History and Physical Examination: A thorough medical history review and physical examination are conducted to gather information about the patient’s symptoms, previous treatments, medical conditions, and overall health. This helps the healthcare provider assess the suitability of a penile implant and identify any potential contraindications or underlying health issues.

  • Psychological Assessment: Since psychological factors can contribute to or be affected by ED, a psychological assessment may be conducted. This assessment evaluates the patient’s mental and emotional well-being, including any anxiety, depression, or relationship issues that may impact sexual function. It ensures that the patient is psychologically prepared for the procedure and capable of managing expectations and potential changes after implantation.
  • Blood Tests: Blood tests may be performed to assess general health and identify any underlying conditions that could contribute to ED or impact the surgery. These tests commonly include measuring hormone levels (such as testosterone), checking blood sugar levels (for diabetes screening), evaluating lipid profiles (cholesterol levels), and assessing other relevant markers for overall health and potential surgical risks.
  • Vascular Studies: Vascular studies, such as penile Doppler ultrasound or penile duplex Doppler imaging, are often conducted to evaluate blood flow to the penis. These tests can identify any arterial or venous abnormalities, obstructions, or vascular diseases that may affect erectile function. The results help determine the suitability of a penile implant and guide the surgical approach.
  • Imaging Studies: In some cases, imaging studies like cavernosography or magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) may be used to provide detailed visualization of the penile structures and blood vessels. These studies help identify anatomical abnormalities, evaluate the penile tissue, and guide the surgical planning process.
  • Trial Period: In certain situations, a trial period with non-surgical interventions, such as vacuum erection devices or intracavernosal injections, may be recommended. This trial period helps assess the patient’s response to alternative treatments and their satisfaction with the outcomes before considering a penile implant.


It’s important to note that the specific tests and evaluations performed before penile implant surgery may vary based on individual patient factors and the preferences of the healthcare provider. The purpose of these tests is to gather comprehensive information about the patient’s condition, identify potential underlying causes, and ensure the best possible outcomes from the penile implant procedure.


  • Preoperative Evaluation: Prior to the surgery, a comprehensive evaluation will be conducted, which may include physical examination, medical history review, and possibly additional tests or imaging to assess your suitability for penile implantation.
  • Anesthesia: The procedure is typically performed under general or spinal anesthesia to ensure comfort and minimize pain during the surgery.
  • Incision: The surgeon will make an incision in the lower abdomen, base of the penis, or the scrotum to access the erectile chambers of the penis.
  • Implant Placement: The inflatable cylinders are carefully placed within the erectile chambers. The pump is implanted in the scrotum, and the reservoir is placed in the lower abdomen or pelvis.
  • Closure: The incisions are closed using sutures or staples, and a dressing or bandage may be applied to the surgical site.
  • Postoperative Care: After the surgery, you will be monitored in a recovery area and given instructions on postoperative care, including wound care, pain management, and any restrictions or precautions.

Road to Recovery

The road to recovery after Penile Implantation involves several stages:

  • Hospital Stay: Following the surgery, you will typically spend one to two nights in the hospital for monitoring and initial recovery. The healthcare team will ensure proper healing and manage any immediate postoperative concerns.
  • Pain Management: You may experience some discomfort and pain after the surgery. Your healthcare team will prescribe pain medications to help manage your pain during the recovery period.
  • Wound Care: Proper care of surgical incisions is important for healing. You will receive instructions on how to keep the incision area clean and may be advised to avoid bathing or swimming for a certain period of time.
  • Activity Restrictions: During the initial recovery phase, you will be advised to limit physical activity and avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting. This allows the surgical site to heal properly.
  • Sexual Activity: It is important to refrain from sexual activity until your healthcare team gives you the green light. This is usually recommended for a period of 4 to 6 weeks to allow sufficient healing of the surgical site.
  • Follow-up Appointments: Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your recovery progress and assess the functionality of the penile implant. Your healthcare team will provide instructions on when to schedule these appointments.

Risk Management

Penile Implantation is generally considered a safe procedure, but like any surgery, it carries certain risks and potential complications. These may include:

  • Infection: There is a risk of infection at the surgical site or around the implanted device. Your healthcare team will provide instructions on wound care and may prescribe antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Mechanical Failure: While rare, mechanical failure of the penile implant can occur. This may require additional surgery to repair or replace the device.
  • Pain or Discomfort: Some individuals may experience pain or discomfort at the surgical site or during sexual activity following the procedure. In most cases, this can be managed with medications or adjustments to the implant.
  • Device Extrusion or Malposition: In rare cases, the penile implant may shift or become partially or completely exposed through the skin. Surgical intervention may be necessary to correct the issue.
  • Device-related Complications: Other potential complications include erosion of the device into the surrounding tissues, hematoma (collection of blood), or urethral injury during surgery.


It is important to discuss these potential risks and complications with your healthcare team before undergoing Penile Implantation.

Benefits of Penile Implantation:

Penile Implantation offers several benefits for individuals with erectile dysfunction:

  • Restored Sexual Function: Penile implantation can restore the ability to achieve and maintain an erection, allowing for satisfactory sexual intercourse.
  • Improved Self-confidence: Regaining sexual function can enhance self-esteem and improve the overall quality of life for individuals who have struggled with erectile dysfunction.
  • Convenience and Spontaneity: Unlike other treatment options, such as medications or injections, the penile implant provides on-demand erections, allowing for greater spontaneity and flexibility in sexual activities.
  • Long-lasting Results: Penile implants are designed to be durable and can provide long-term erectile function with proper care and maintenance.
  • High Patient Satisfaction: Studies have shown that a significant percentage of men who undergo penile implantation report high levels of satisfaction with the procedure and improved sexual quality of life.
  • Compatibility with Other Treatments: Penile implantation can be an option for individuals who have not responded well to other treatments for erectile dysfunction or who cannot use other methods due to health conditions or personal preferences.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does the penile implant last?

Penile implants are designed to be long-lasting. The exact lifespan can vary depending on factors such as the type of implant, individual usage, and proper care. Generally, most penile implants have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years or more.

2. Will the penile implant be noticeable to others?

No, the penile implant is not visible when the penis is flaccid. When the implant is inflated for an erection, it creates a natural-looking and -feeling erection that is discreet and not easily detectable by others.

3. Can the penile implant be removed if needed?

Yes, the penile implant can be removed through a surgical procedure if necessary. However, it is important to consider that removing the implant may result in a return to the previous state of erectile dysfunction.

4. Will the penile implant affect sensation or orgasm?

The penile implant is designed to provide rigidity for sexual intercourse but does not affect sensation or orgasm. Many men report that they can still experience pleasure and orgasm with a penile implant.

5. Can I still have a natural erection after the penile implant surgery?

No, the penile implant replaces the natural mechanism for achieving an erection. However, the implanted device allows for on-demand erections that can be manually controlled.

6. Will insurance cover the cost of penile implantation?

Insurance coverage for penile implantation varies depending on your insurance provider and policy. It is advisable to check with your insurance company to determine the extent of coverage and any associated costs or requirements.

7. How soon after the surgery can I resume sexual activity?

Your healthcare team will provide specific guidelines for resuming sexual activity, typically around 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. It is important to follow their instructions to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications.

8. Can the penile implant affect fertility or reproduction?

No, the penile implant does not affect fertility or reproduction. It is designed solely to assist with achieving and maintaining an erection for sexual intercourse.

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