Penile implants are excellent permanent choices for men whose underlying cause cannot be treated, or are unresponsive to medical treatments. Common candidates for penile implants include among others men who had prostate removal for prostate cancer, bladder removal, radiation therapy to the pelvis, diabetes and/or advanced vascular disease. There are generally two different kinds: bendable or semi-rigid rods, and multi-piece inflatable implants. Both of these are implanted into the penile tissue itself. The bendable rods, also known as a malleable device, create erections when the patient straightens their penis by hand into an erect position. Inflatable implants are significantly more natural looking, and tend to be concealed better than malleable implants. They consist of two inflatable cylinders, a pump, and a reservoir that holds fluid.
Insertion of penile implants generally requires local, spinal, or general anesthesia. The surgery may be done as an outpatient procedure in a surgi-center, or with a hospital stay of one night. The patient can resume sexual activity approximately one month after the surgery, depending on the healing process. The procedure is relatively simple, and is not particularly invasive, but because it is permanent, it should be considered as a last resort for treating ED. The complications are relatively uncommon, including among other things infection and implant malfunction. Multiple studies have shown high satisfaction with penile implants by patients and their partners. Dr. Ridwan Shabsigh has long-term experience with penile implant surgery. His expertise ranges from managing new cases to managing difficult cases in patients with prior implant surgery, scar tissue in the penis or other special cases.
Those who failed medical treatments for ED and those interested in penile implants may inquire about our penile implant program by contacting us at +1 212-249-6060 or by email to schedule an initial evaluation.