Surgical Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction
Surgical Options for Erectile Dysfunction
Surgery is generally used to accomplish one of the following goals:
Penile Implants for Erectile Dysfunction
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In the past, the placement of a prosthetic device (also called a penile implant) within the penis was the only effective therapy for a man with an organic (having to do with a bodily organ or organ system) cause of erectile dysfunction.
Now, a penile implant is the last option considered. Nonsurgical treatment options are always tried before resorting to surgical options. Nevertheless, a penile implant remains a reliable form of therapy in highly motivated men when other treatments are unsuccessful.
Your doctor will discuss the benefits and risks of a penile implant with you and your sexual partner.
Two types of penile implants are available: a semirigid or malleable rod implant and an inflatable implant.
Last Reviewed 11/20/2017
Stephen W Leslie, MD, FACS
Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Martin I Resnick, MD
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