Non-Inflatable Penile Implant

A non-inflatable penile implant is a penile prosthesis plastic surgery solution for a more natural erection feel and appearance.

Non-Inflatable Penile Implant

The Skinny


Average Recovery

5 weeks

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Implant

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$16000 - $19000

The Specifics


What is a non-inflatable penile implant?

A non-inflatable penile implant is a plastic surgery procedure utilizing a semi rigid rod implanted into the penis. A semi-rigid rod or non-inflatable penile implant is used as a last line therapy for refractory erectile dysfunction or for those undergoing gender confirmation surgery. Semi-rigid rods are inserted into the corpus cavernosum, which are the spongy columns of erectile tissue in the penis.

Non-inflatable penile implant are easier to use and less likely to malfunction than inflatable implants, however, they result in a penis that is always slightly rigid and may be uncomfortable and difficult to conceal. Of the treatment options for erectile dysfunction, Peyronie's disease, and other sexual activity concerns, inflatable penile prostheses, like the two-piece and three-piece implant, are more commonly used. The best type of implant for an individual can be determined with a professional consultation.

What cosmetic concerns does a non-inflatable penile implant procedure treat?

  1. Male Sexual Wellness: Implantation of semi-rigid rods into the corpus cavernosum during a non-inflatable penile implant allows for an artificially created, functional, and more natural erection.
  2. Gender Confirmation: Implantation of rigid prostheses can be used as part of a genital construction procedure.

Who is the ideal candidate for a non-inflatable penile implant procedure?

The ideal candidate for a non-inflatable penile implant procedure has erectile dysfunction refractory to all other medical treatments, or is seeking an implant as a part of gender confirmation surgery. A non-inflatable penile implant is not recommended for those with unrealistic expectations of the procedure or certain chronic conditions.

What is the average recovery associated with a non-inflatable penile implant procedure?

Most patients experience a few weeks of recovery time following a non-inflatable penile implant cosmetic surgery. The penis will need to be kept upright against the abdomen to avoid downward curvature. Work can be resumed after one week. Exercise and sexual intercourse are generally permitted after four to six weeks.

What are the potential side effects of a non-inflatable penile implant procedure?

Possible side effects following a non-inflatable penile implant procedure include persistent chronic pain for two to three months, bleeding, implant movement, erosion of the implant, infection, scar tissue formation, urinary tract infections, and urethral damage.

What can someone expect from the results of a non-inflatable penile implant procedure?

The results of a Non-Inflatable Penile Implant procedure are immediately visible and demonstrate a 60 to 80 percent 10 year survival rate.

What is the average cost of a non-inflatable penile implant procedure?

A non-inflatable penile implant can cost anywhere from $16,000 to $19,000. The actual cost of a non-inflatable penile implant is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.

Pros

easy to usegood option for men with limited dexterityconcealedsimple procedureleast expensive

Cons

abnormal feelabnormal appearancedeterioration of penile fleshthinning of penile fleshpaindiscomfortconstant erection

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

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.

The Takeaway


A non-inflatable penile implant is a type of penile prosthesis used to create an erection in individuals with sexual dysfunction or those undergoing gender confirmation surgery.

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