Penile Implants for the Treatment of ED
Penile implants are a permanent, effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. A penile implant is also called a penile prosthesis. The implant is a penis pump-like device — it has two cylinders that are implanted in the penis and a pump in the scrotum that creates an erection when the patient squeezes it. The implant includes a saline reservoir in the abdomen, which provides fluid to create the erection.
Research shows that penile prostheses are more satisfying than other common treatment options.
Overall patient satisfaction is reportedly high with a penile prosthesis, with more than 90% of patients satisfied with the outcomes as compared with 50% of patients satisfied with oral medications.
Two-and Three-piece Inflatable Implants
The two- and three-piece inflatable prosthetic devices consist of a fluid-filled pair of cylinders implanted in the penis and a small pump implanted in the scrotum. Both are simple to use, completely concealed inside the body and produce an erection that looks and feels natural.
Two-Piece Inflatable Prosthesis
With the two-piece implant, you simply squeeze and release the pump several times.
When the fluid is pumped into the cylinders, it creates an erection that provides rigidity.
Three-Piece Inflatable Prosthesis
The three-piece inflatable device has an additional part – a reservoir that is implanted into the lower abdomen. When you are ready to have sex, you pump the fluid from the reservoir into the cylinders to create a rigid erection. After intercourse, you release the valve inside of the scrotum to drain the fluid back into the reservoir to return to flaccidity.
The three-piece inflatable penile prosthesis creates a firmer erection than the two-piece device.
The penile prosthesis is highly recommended – 92% of patients would recommend the penile prosthesis to others and 90% of partners would also recommend this ED treatment.
- Completely concealed inside the body
- Simple to use
- Devices are inflated to provide rigidity and deflated for concealment
- Like a natural erection
- When deflated, the cylinders are soft and flaccid (three-piece implant)
- Completely discreet—no one will know you have it unless you tell them
Disadvantages and Side Effects:
- Requires some manual dexterity
- Cylinders remain partially filled with fluid when deflated (two-piece device)
- Infection may require removal
- Mechanical failure