These devices are inserted into the penis to enable a man with erectile dysfunction to achieve and maintain an erection adequate to complete sexual climax. Penile implants are usually suggested after other treatments for ED, such as medications or a penis pump, have not worked.
Penile implants are either semi-rigid rods or inflatable inserts and are put in place surgically. Urological surgeons will discuss the implant and surgical options with patients interested in this option.
Inflatable implants are the most common type used and consist of a three-piece unit that inflates the penis by pumping fluid from a sack placed in the abdomen to two cylinders inserted in the penis. The man controls pumping up the erection and deflating it.
Semi-rigid rods always maintain a firm penis adequate for sexual penetration. The penis is bent forward for sex and bent against the body at normal times for concealment.
Various types are available with degrees of firmness and length. “Positionable implants” utilizing segments with springs allow the best upward and downward positioning.