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A penile implant is a device to treat erection problems. It makes the penis firm enough for sex. The implant replaces the spongy tissue in the penis that fills with blood during an erection. There are several types of implants.
Penile implants are an option for men who can't get or keep an erection that's firm enough for sex.
Implants may be used when erection problems have a physical cause, such as:
There are two types of penile implants.
This implant is always firm. It can be bent into different positions.
There are two kinds of inflatable implants.
You bend a non-inflatable implant outward to have sex. You bend it back toward your body after sex.
You create an erection by pumping salt water out of the reservoir and into the cylinders. After sex, the release valve on the pump drains the salt water back into the reservoir.
The three-chamber implant usually works better than a two-chamber implant. But placing it is a slightly more complicated surgery.
Experts agree that penile implants are likely to help with erection problems. There are reports that most men are satisfied with the results.
Implants allow an erection that's firm enough for sex whenever and as often as a man wants. And the erection can last for as long as he wants.
Implants don't affect ejaculation. Ejaculation and orgasm may or may not happen. Implants don't affect sexual desire.
Penile implants usually don't need to be replaced.
The site of the implant may become infected. If the infection is severe, the implant must be removed.
Sometimes, the implant may have to be removed because of pain.
Other possible problems include:
Penile implant surgery isn't reversible. This means that if the implant is removed, there aren't any other kinds of treatments for erection problems that will work. But the implant may be replaced.
Current as of: February 11, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Christopher G. Wood MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology & Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine
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