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Insertion of Penile Implant

What is an insertion of penile implant?

  • This procedure involves a surgical incision to allow two inflatable cylinders to be inserted into the shaft of the penis
  • The cylinders are usually connected to a pump and a reservoir and filled with saline
  • The hydraulic pumping action allows an erection to form and it can be released with a deflate button

Why do I need this?

This procedure is reserved for severe erectile dysfunction where sexual intercourse is not possible and other treatments have failed or are unsuitable

How long does it take?

90 – 120 minutes under a general anaesthetic

What are the risks?

  • Infection is a major concern and antibiotics are given. In 1 – 2% of cases this occurs and requires removal of the device
  • Bruising and swelling may occur and improves over 2 – 3 weeks
  • Penile shortening is sometimes noticed and is contributed to by the underlying cause of erectile dysfunction
  • Penile pain and awareness of the connecting tubes
  • Loss of sensitivity is uncommon
  • Thrombosis (blood clots and emboli) are uncommon.

What can I expect after surgery?

  • Hospital stay is 2-4 days
  • The devices give a good erection with good rigidity and some girth expansion
  • Orgasm should still feel normal
  • Patient satisfaction rates are over 80%