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. Implants come in a variety of diameters and lengths. They are safe and effective and completely concealed and discrete. Patient and partner satisfaction with use is often 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. This type is a little less complex to place and can be helpful for patients where placement of a reservoir might be difficult.
Prosthetic implantation is done using regional or general anesthesia. The implants are inserted through a small incision made in the penis, lower abdomen, or scrotum.