Do penile implants work?

About 90% to 95% of inflatable prosthesis surgeries are successful, meaning the implants produce erections suitable for intercourse. Satisfaction rates with the prosthesis are very high, and typically 80% to 90% of men are satisfied with the results and say they would choose the surgery again.

Are penile implants safe?

No surgery is totally free of possible complications. Complications associated with penile implants include:

  • Uncontrolled bleeding after the surgery; this condition may require an additional surgery
  • Infection
  • Scar tissue formation
  • Erosion (of implant)
  • Pump or reservoir displacement
  • Mechanical failure

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/11/2016.


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