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What is a penile implant?

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A penile prosthesis is a bendable or inflatable device implanted in the penis to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). About 90%-95% of inflatable prosthesis implants can give an erection that works for intercourse.

An implant is usually used when there's a clear medical cause for ED and when the problem is unlikely to get better naturally or with other treatments. Sometimes a prosthesis is implanted during surgery to reconstruct the penis when scarring has caused erections to curve (Peyronie's disease).

The surgeries are typically done in an outpatient center and take about an hour. A man can resume sexual intercourse by 6 weeks after.

From: Erectile Dysfunction: Penile Prosthesis WebMD Medical Reference

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American Urological Association. 

Mentor Corporation.

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 11, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Urological Association. 

Mentor Corporation.

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 11, 2017

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