Penile implants to treat sexual dysfunction problems are either semirigid (non inflatable) or inflatable cylinders that replace the spongy tissue (Corpora Cavernosum) inside the penis that fill with blood during an erection. The implants come in a variety of diameters and lengths. They are safe and effective. They are completely concealed and discrete. Patient and partner satisfaction is greater than 90%.
There are two kinds of inflatable implants. Both have cylinders in the shaft of the penis, a reservoir that holds water, and a pump to move the water from the reservoir to the cylinders. You create an erection by pumping water out of the reservoir and into the cylinders.
- A three-chamber inflatable implant has the cylinders in the penis, the reservoir in the belly, and the pump and release valve in the scrotum. The reservoir in this type of implant is larger and separate from the cylinders.
- A two-chamber inflatable implant has the reservoir at the beginning of the cylinders (at the base of the penis) and the pump and release valve in the scrotum.
Prosthetic implantation will be done using regional or general anesthesia. The implants are inserted through a small incision made in the penis, lower abdomen, or scrotum. A thin flexible tube (catheter) is inserted briefly up the urethra and into the bladder to drain urine.