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Penile Implants

  • Definition

    Some men with chronic impotence (erectile dysfunction) consider having a penile implant. These implants are also known as penile prostheses.


    Most cases of impotence stem from physiologic causes that alter the blood flow through the penis. Often this is due to nerve or blood vessel damage from diabetes, atherosclerosis, pelvic surgery, prostate surgery, alcohol, or medications. Other causes include psychological disorders, both temporary and chronic.

    Penile implants, or penile prostheses, are one form of treatment for erectile dysfunction. Because implants require surgery and are irreversible, this is usually the last treatment option considered. However, patient satisfaction is generally high when the options have been carefully evaluated beforehand. Implants are placed directly into the paired corporal bodies (twin chambers) in the penis.


    What is the cause of erectile dysfunction (impotence)?

    What other treatments are available for erectile dysfunction?

    Which type of implant do you recommend?

    Who will perform the surgery and how much experience do they have?

    Can you refer me to a previous patient who has had this surgery so I can discuss how satisfied he is with the surgery?

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of inflatable and non-inflatable implants?

    How will the implant be inserted?

    What are the possible complications?

    How long will the implant last?