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Penile Prosthesis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about a penile prosthesis?

A penile prosthesis is a device that is implanted in the penis. A penile prosthesis makes it possible to have and maintain an erection. It is used when other treatments for erectile dysfunction have failed.

What are the 2 types of penile prosthesis?

Ask your healthcare provider for more information about the following implants:

How do I prepare for a penile prosthesis implantation?

Your surgeon will talk to you about how to prepare for surgery. He or she may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your surgery. He or she will tell you which medicines to take or not take on the day of your surgery. Arrange for someone to drive you home when you are discharged.

What will happen during a penile prosthesis implantation?

What should I expect after a penile prosthesis implantation?

You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. You will be monitored closely for any problems. You may have a drain to remove extra fluid or blood from your surgery area. This helps prevent infection. The drain will be removed as soon as possible. You may also have a Foley catheter to drain your urine. It will also be removed as soon as possible. Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay. You may have bruising and swelling for a few weeks after surgery.

What are the risks of a penile prosthesis?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. Your prostate or bladder may be damaged during surgery. Your penis may not look the way you thought it would. You may develop scar tissue. You may have trouble urinating or have swelling or numbness in your penis. The implant may move out of place or not work properly. You may still have problems having an erection.

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