Surgery for Erectile Dysfunction

Surgery for erectile dysfunction is not common, but it may be the best treatment in some cases. During surgery, an implant (also called prosthesis) is placed inside the spongy chambers of the penis. Then, the implant can be used to provide an erection.

Mechanical Implants

This type of implant is easy to use. Bendable rods can make the penis appear erect. When not in use, the rods can be bent downward. Some implants have joints that lock into position.

Inflatable Implants

This is the most complex type of implant. It allows the penis to look and feel either erect or flaccid. You pump fluid from a storage bulb to make the penis erect. A release valve makes the penis flaccid again. Using the device properly takes some skill and practice.

Risks and Complications

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Failure or leakage of the prosthesis