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What to know about the procedure

In the event of erectile dysfunction, solutions exist to restore your sexuality to its full potential. Urologists and Nurse Specialists can refer you for a penile implant if first line, pharmaceutical treatments are unsuccessful. Find out what the surgical procedure involves; its advantages and any possible complications.

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What you need to know before getting an penile implant - Expert Opinion

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How does a penile prosthesis procedure work?

Penile implant surgery procedure consists of placing an artificial device within the body to enhance the erectile system in the event of dysfunction. Two types of prostheses are commonly used:

  • An inflatable implant, made from BioFlex, which works with a hydraulic system to provide a rigid erection
  • A standard system consisting of two semi-rigid or flexible rods placed within the penis, to provide sufficient rigidity for sexual intercourse

Once the surgical procedure is completed, a urinary catheter will be inserted for 12 to 48 hours. The duration of the operation is between one and two hours. Most patients, although uncomfortable, will be able to leave hospital the day after surgery. Of course, two to three weeks of work leave are essential to get you back on your feet!

After surgery: are there any complications?

You will feel your implant when it is inflated as well as deflated. However, as it is inside you, no one will know that you have an implant unless they touch your genitalia. The sensation experienced by you and your partner will be different to start with, however, you will enjoy a normal erection, with an orgasm and an ejaculation as you get used to the implant.

However, some complications may exist. Some men may experience lower urinary tract symptoms after surgery. This is usually due to the catheter that was placed at the time of surgery. These symptoms usually improve within two weeks of the surgery, however, you may want to let your urologist or nurse specialist know, so a urine test can be organise.

Infections usually manifest with in two to three weeks of your operation. Occasionally, this can happen later in the healing process, but is less likely. Bruising and swelling of the scrotum and penis, straight after the operation, is relatively normal. This usually improves over a two week period, however, if this does not improve, and you notice discharge or any increased pain to the penis, contact your urologist or nurse specialist as soon as possible.

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