Penile Prosthesis Insertion

This surgery implants a device into the penis. The device can produce an erection-like state. It enables a man to have sexual intercourse. A penile prosthesis does not change the sensation on the skin of the penis or the ability to reach orgasm or ejaculate. Penile ImplantCopyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

  • Call Your Doctor

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

    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, increasing bleeding, or a large amount of fluid leaking from the surgical area
    • Increased swelling in your scrotum or penis
    • Blood in your urine
    • Signs of infection such as fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, lightheadedness, general ill feeling

    • New symptoms such as nausea, vomiting,
      constipation
      , abdominal swelling
    • Pain or difficulty with urination

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition


    This surgery implants a device into the penis. The device can produce an erection-like state. It enables a man to have sexual intercourse.
    A penile prosthesis does not change the sensation on the skin of the penis or the ability to reach orgasm or ejaculate.

    Penile Implant
    Penile Implant
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    A
    penile prosthesis insertion is for men who want to have an erection, including those who have:

    • Not responded to other treatment options such as pills, suppositories, vacuum devices, and injections

    • Certain diseases such as
      diabetes
      or vascular disease
    • Physical injuries such as spinal cord injury
    • Certain surgeries that have made having an erection impossible

  • 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. These may include:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Scar tissue that forms
    • Break down of tissue around the implant
    • Mechanical failure

    Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

    • Obesity
    • Smoking
      or
      alcoholism
    • Poor overall health
    • Poor nutrition
    • Use of certain drugs
    • Diabetes
    • Bladder disease that requires a catheter
    • Infection
    • Bleeding disorders
    • Paralysis
    • Prior pelvic or genital surgery

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