Penile Prosthesis: What Is, How It Works and Possible Risks

The penile prosthesis is an implant that is placed inside the penis to produce an erection, and can, therefore, be used to treat sexual impotence in man, in cases of erectile dysfunction, paraplegia or tetraplegia, for example.

There are two main types of prosthesis:

  • Semi-rigid:made with material that keeps the penis is always in erection, can be placed in 3 positions that allow the intimate contact and the comfort of man during his daily life;
  • Inflatable:it is made with 2 cylinders flexible within the penis, which can be filled with saline solution to facilitate the erection, allowing it to be deflated after the intimate contact.

The penile prosthesis is often a treatment of end-of-line, or is recommended only for men who are unable to obtain satisfactory results with the use of drugs or other treatments because the surgery is irreversible.


How is the surgery

The surgery of penile prosthesis is made by a surgeon and lasts for about 45 minutes, performed with general anesthesia and why the time of a hospital stay is approximately 1 to 2 days.

The recovery from the surgery is relatively time-consuming and can last up to 6 weeks, after this period the man will be able to initiate intimate contact, according to the indications of the physician. During this period, some care important include:

  • Keep the penis facingupwards to prevent that to heal folded down;
  • Avoid intense exercisesor sports impact during the first 2 months;
  • Do the proper hygieneof the intimate area.

However, all care should be informed by the doctor, as they may vary according to the type of prosthesis or surgery.


How is the sexual relationship with the prosthesis

The experience of having relations with the penile prosthesis varies from man to man, however, it is important to note that the stiffness of the head of the penis will not change during the erection, keeping it soft. In addition, the natural stimulation of erection usually disappears entirely, being always necessary to use the prosthesis to achieve an erection.

As for the sensitivity, nothing is changed, and the man continues to be able to have an ejaculation, not compromising the ability to have children.

The possible risks of placing the implant

Although surgery is a increasingly used, the placement of an implant may still have some risks such as:

  • Infection;
  • Rejection of the prosthesis;
  • Adhesion of the prosthesis to the tissues inside of the penis.

There are risks, the man should be aware of symptoms that may indicate complications, such as swelling of the penis, intense pain, redness, or up to the exit of pus through the penis, for example.


If you have any of these symptoms it is important to go back to the urologist or go in the hospital to identify the complication and start the appropriate treatment.

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