Penile implant surgery is often referred to as “penile prosthesis surgery” or simply “penile implantation.” This surgical procedure involves the insertion of a medical device, known as a penile prosthesis, into the penis to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) that hasn’t responded well to other treatments such as medications, injections, or vacuum devices.
There are two main types of penile implants:
- Inflatable Penile Implants (IPP): These implants consist of two inflatable cylinders that are placed inside the penis. A fluid reservoir is usually implanted in the abdomen or pelvic region, and a pump is implanted in the scrotum. When the patient wants an erection, they manually activate the pump to move fluid from the reservoir to the cylinders, creating an erection. After intercourse, the fluid is returned to the reservoir, deflating the cylinders.
- Semi-Rigid Penile Implants: These implants are simple and consist of bendable rods that are implanted into the penis. They can be bent into a position for intercourse and then bent back down when not in use. This type of implant is always firm, so some men find it less natural-feeling than the inflatable type.
The penile implant surgery involves making incisions in the penis and sometimes in the scrotum and lower abdomen, depending on the type of implant. Recovery time varies, but most men can resume sexual activity around six weeks after the surgery.
It’s important to note that penile implant surgery is generally considered when other treatments for erectile dysfunction have failed. The decision to undergo this surgery should be discussed thoroughly with a healthcare provider to understand the potential benefits, risks, and complications associated with the procedure.