This surgery places a device into the penis. The device can produce an erection-like state. It allows a man to have sex with his partner. This doesn’t change how the skin feels. It also doesn’t affect the ability to reach an orgasm or ejaculate.
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This procedure is for men who want to have an erection. It may also be done for those who have:
Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review possible problems such as:
Your chances of problems are higher for:
Your doctor will do:
Leading up to the procedure:
The 2 types used are:
The genital area will be cleaned and shaved. Antibiotics may be given 1 hour beforehand. A thin tube called a catheter will be inserted into the penis. This will keep the bladder drained of urine.
The 2 types are:
There are 2 types of inflatable implants. For both types, the doctor will make a small incision at the top of the scrotum. The incision will be made so that stitches that dissolve are placed under the skin.
With the 2-piece implant, the cylinders will be placed into the penis. A pump with fluid will be placed into the scrotum. This type of implant is simpler to insert. It takes up more space in the penis, leaving less room to shrink or expand.
With the 3-piece implant, the cylinder will be placed into the penis. The pump will be placed into the scrotum. Lastly, a reservoir with the fluid that is used for inflation will be placed into the belly.
An incision will be made just behind the head or near the base of the penis. An opening will be made into each of the 2 long tubes of spongy tissue inside the penis. One rod will be placed into each tube. Lastly, the incisions will be closed so that no stitches will be needed.
You will be pain free during the procedure. After, medicines are used to ease pain.
You may need to stay a night in the hospital. If you have problems, it could be longer. Some people are able to go home the same day. Your doctor will let you know before the procedure.
The healthcare staff will:
To help you get healthier faster:
Call your doctor if any of these occur:
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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Last reviewed May 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrienne Carmack, MD