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Penile Prosthesis Implantation


Penile prosthesis implantation is surgery to place a penis implant. The implant makes it possible to have and maintain an erection.



  • Medicines can help decrease pain or prevent an infection.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return to have your stitches, drain, or catheter removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


  • Care for your wound as directed. When you are allowed to bathe, carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.
  • Do not wear tight clothes. Ask your healthcare provider if you should wear a scrotal support. You may need to elevate your scrotum with a washcloth or towel. This will help decrease swelling and pain.

Bladder care:

Do not let your bladder become too full before you urinate. Set regular times each day to urinate. Urinate as soon as you feel the need. Try to urinate often while awake and do not drink liquids before you go to bed. Urinate before you go to bed for the night.

Sexual activity:

You may need to wait up to 6 weeks after surgery before you use the penile prosthesis. Ask your healthcare provider for more information about how to use your prosthesis.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever or chills.
  • Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You have pain or swelling that does not get better with medicines.
  • Your urine is cloudy, bloody, or you have trouble urinating.
  • You have problems making your implant work.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have sudden chest pain or trouble breathing.
  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • You see tubing or part of an implant poking through your skin.
  • You cannot urinate.
  • You have severe pain.

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