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Erectile Dysfunction: Penile Prosthesis

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How Effective Are the Implants?

About 90%-95% of inflatable prosthesis implants produce erections suitable for intercourse. Satisfaction rates with the prosthesis are very high, and typically 80%-90% of men are satisfied with the results and say they would choose the surgery again.

Is the Implant Safe?

No surgery is totally free of possible complications. Complications associated with penile implants include:

  • Uncontrolled bleeding after the surgery possibly leading to re-operation
  • Infection
  • Scar tissue formation
  • Erosion (tissue around the implant may break down) requiring removal
  • Mechanical failure leading to re-operation and removal

 

Will Insurance Cover the Cost of the Penis Prosthesis Implant?

Insurance coverage for these operations is often good, as long as a medical cause of ED is established. Medicare covers the surgery, but Medicaid does not, except under extreme circumstances in certain states.

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Reviewed by Charles E. Jennings, MD on September 12, 2013
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