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Penile Prosthesis Insertion
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Penile Prosthesis Insertion?

With this procedure, a device is implanted into the penis. This device can produce an erection-like state. It enables a man to have sexual intercourse.

Penile Implant
Penile Implant
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A penile prosthesis insertion is for men wanting to obtain an erection, including those who have:

  • Not responded to other treatment options (eg, pills, suppositories, vacuum devices, injections)
  • Certain diseases (eg, diabetes , vascular disease)
  • Physical injuries (eg, spinal cord injury)
  • Certain surgeries that have made getting an erection impossible

This procedure has a success rate of about 90%-95% five years after insertion. Most men rate the erection as shorter than their natural one. A penile prosthesis does not change the sensation on the skin of the penis or the ability to reach orgasm or ejaculate.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have penile prosthesis insertion, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scar tissue formation
  • Erosion (tissue around the implant may break down)
  • Mechanical failure

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking , alcoholism
  • Poor overall health
  • Poor nutrition
  • Use of certain drugs
  • Diabetes
  • Bladder disease requiring a catheter
  • Infection
  • Bleeding disorders

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following...