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If conservative treatments for erectile dysfunction are not successful your consultant may recommend penile prosthetic surgery. A penile prosthetic is an implant that allows men with erectile dysfunction to have an erection. Prosthetics may also be used for patients with Peyronie’s disease.

There are several types of penile implants. Your consultant will assess your own situation and recommend the implant that meets your needs.

What happens during penile prosthesis surgery?

Penile prosthesis surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes between 40 and 90 minutes. 

Your incision (surgical wound) will depend on the type of implant chosen. Some patients will have just a small cut where the penis joins the scrotum. In some cases an additional incision may be needed in your groin area. After inserting the implant your surgeon will close the wound with stitches.

A catheter (thin tube) may be inserted in your urethra to allow urine to pass from your bladder easily. This will be removed before you go home.

We will give you pain relief medication. Be sure let us know if you are in any pain or discomfort. You may also need to take antibiotics to help prevent infection.

Going home after penile prosthesis surgery

You may need to stay one or two nights in hospital following your procedure. It is normal to experience swelling and bruising. Continue to take any pain medication and antibiotics as prescribed.

Avoid any strenuous activity or heavy lifting until released to do so. Be sure and discuss any return to work with your consultant.

As with any surgical procedure there could be complications including:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Bruising or swelling

Specific complications of penile prosthesis surgery may include:

  • Problems with the implant – malfunction
  • Internal scarring or skin erosion
  • Need to replace the implant
  • Change in physical appearance


Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Bournemouth  

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Brighton  

Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624488
Overall rating Good
Bristol  

3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
Overall rating Good
Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Chester  

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
Overall rating Good
Chichester  

78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
Overall rating Good
Glasgow  

25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

01413349441
Haywards Heath  

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
Overall rating Good
Hereford  

Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF

01432 355 131
Overall rating Good
Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
Overall rating Outstanding
Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

Enquiries 0300 1311416
Overall rating Good
Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
Overall rating Good
North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
Overall rating Good
Plymouth  

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775861
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Taunton  

Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286991
Overall rating Good
Tees  

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 367439
Overall rating Outstanding
Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

Enquiries 0300 131 1400
Overall rating Good

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