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Penile Implants - Erectile Dysfunction

What is involved in inserting a penile implant?

The surgical approach differs according to which implant is used, the history of the patient and the surgeon's preference. During surgery, which is done under anesthesia, the penile implant is inserted through an incision made in the penis, lower abdomen, or scrotum (depending on which type of penile device is being implanted). A thin, flexible tube is inserted briefly up the urethra and into the bladder to drain urine.

Usually one small surgical cut is made either above the penis where it joins the abdomen or under the penis where it joins the scrotum. In this procedure no tissue is removed and blood loss is usually small, therefore blood transfusions are almost never required. Patients may go home the same day of surgery or spend one night in the hospital. The operation takes approximately one hour to perform.

Most men have pain, some swelling and bruising after penile prosthesis implantation for about 2-4 weeks, for which oral pain medication is used and routinely helpful. Men are instructed not to use the prosthesis for sexual activity one month after surgery.

Neither the operation to implant a prosthesis, nor the device itself, should interfere with sensation, orgasm or ejaculation.

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