Non-Inflatable Penile Implant
Penile implants are used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) in men who have exhausted all other treatment options for the disorder. Implants are the most invasive solution to ED but can provide permanent results. Penile implants can also be used during FTM gender confirmation surgeries as well. A semi-rigid, or non-inflatable penile implant, is a custom-fit device surgically placed into the penis for a natural-looking and natural-feeling erection.
Non-Inflatable Penile Implant
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About the Procedure
For men who are unable to have an erection, it can be both physically and mentally devastating. Erectile dysfunction can negatively impact relationships, self-worth, and overall confidence. When medications and other therapies are unable to treat ED, a penile implant can allow for reliable and natural feeling erections for both the individual and their partner. There are 2 types of implants: semi-rigid rods and inflatable implants. The semi-rigid rod is used for patients with ED as well as during gender confirmation surgeries. The semi-rigid rod has the advantage of being simple to use and less likely to malfunction than its inflatable counterparts. Semi-rigid rods however, will result in a phallus that will always be slightly rigid, and can be difficult to conceal at times. During surgery, the patient will be put under general anesthesia. The groin area will be cleansed and prepped for surgery. Depending on the patient, an incision will be made either within the lower abdomen, at the base of the penis, or at the head of the penis. The surgeon will then choose the correct implant size by stretching the spongy tissue, the corpora cavernosa, that expands with blood during an erection. Once a size has been chosen, they will be implanted inside the penis and incisions will be closed. This surgery typically takes between 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. After surgery when the patient would like to use the device, the malleable rods simply need to be positioned outwards to be erect, and downwards when complete.
The goal of a non-inflatable penile implant is to address erectile dysfunction or can be used during gender confirmation surgery.
What to Expect
A semi-rigid, or non-inflatable penile implant, is a custom-fit device surgically placed into the penis for a natural-looking and natural-feeling erection. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a penile implant procedure.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications and diet pills 4 weeks prior
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after
- Do not take diabetic medication the morning of surgery
- No eating or drinking for 8 hours before
- General anesthesia
- Incision made either in lower abdomen, at base of penis, or at head of penis
- Implant size determined
- Implant placed within the penis
- Incisions closed
It is important to rest for the first 48 hours after penile implant surgery, however, short 15 minutes walks 3 times daily are recommended to help prevent blood clots. Light activity is permitted after 3 days and most patients return to work after 1 week. Strenuous exercise and sexual activity can be resumed 4-6 weeks after surgery.
The ideal candidate for non-inflatable penile implant surgery has erectile dysfunction that has not responded to other forms of treatment, or desires an implant as part of gender confirmation surgery.
Not Recommended For
There is no penis enlargement procedure or technique that is widely recognized as effective with sustained results.
Side effects from a penis implant may include post-operative bleeding, movement of the implant, temporary severe pain in the penis, persistent chronic pain for 2 to 3 months in non infected implants can also rarely occur. Other problems can happen such as erosion of implant component through the skin if an infected implant is not removed or the device is over-sized. Erosion of the implant can also occur into the urethra if the urethra was damaged during the surgery.