Learning More About Penile Prosthesis Surgery

A penile prosthesis is a medical device that is implanted into a man’s body, generally as an outpatient surgical procedure. Once implanted, the device allows the man to achieve an erection with ease. Obtaining a satisfying solution to erectile dysfunction can be a life-changing event for many men and their partners. Research on patient satisfaction reveals that penile prostheses are more satisfying than other common treatment options.

Benefits and Risks of Penile Prostheses

Penile prostheses have helped over 300,000 men return to an active, satisfying sex life. But like any surgical procedure, there are both benefits and risks to be considered.


  • Offers a long-term solution to erectile dysfunction
  • Provides the ability to have an erection anytime you choose
  • Allows for greater spontaneity – have sex when the mood strikes
  • Enables you to maintain an erection as long as you desire
  • Eliminates the need for costly pills or shots
  • Feels natural during intercourse
  • Does not interfere with ejaculation or orgasm


  • Will make latent natural or spontaneous erections as well as other interventional treatment options impossible
  • If an infection occurs, the prosthesis may have to be removed
  • May cause the penis to become shorter, curved, or scarred
  • May cause lasting pain
  • Possible mechanical failure of the prosthesis