Inflatable Penile Implant Q and A
This is a list of questions and answers regarding the inflatable penis pump
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Pre-Operative IPP Instructions
This pdf explains what a patient needs to do to prepare for penile implant surgery
PRE-OP instructions - IPP.pdf
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Instructions for patients after the penile implant
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How to take the medications after a penis implant
This explains the medications I ask patients to use after an implant procedure
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Some Common Questions About Penile Implants:



What is erectile dysfunction?


  • Erectile dysfunction or E.D. is the inability to achieve or maintain erection for satisfactory intercourse.  Most men with E.D. will complain their erections are not as firm as they used to be or that they don’t last as long.


I have tried the pills and they used to work. But over time, they have become less and less effective. What other options are there?


  • Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis are medications that have revolutionized the treatment E.D. However, they can become ineffective over time. Some men have to stop taking them due to side effects.  There are other treatments including vacuum erection devices (VED), injection of medicine into the penis (Caverject or Edex), or using a urethral suppository (Muse). The treatment with the highest rate of satisfaction if the pills don’t work is the internal penile pump.


Will there be anything on the outside of my body?


  • No. The penile implant is entirely hidden inside your body.


Will others be able to tell I have had surgery?


  • No. Others will not be able to tell you have an implant by just looking. Men with implants can go to the gym and shower without others knowing the man has had surgery. Nothing shows on the outside of your body. The only difference is in the flaccid state. A penis with an implant will never be as small/short as a penis without an implant.


How long does it take to get an erection?


  • It takes less than a minute to inflate the implant and achieve a full erection. Using the pills, you have to think about timing.  How long will it take to work? How long will it last? Will I get a good enough erection? With a penile implant, you will no longer have those concerns.


What is the implant made of?


  • The inflatable penile implant is made of flexible and durable silicone-like plastic. It has four components: two paired inflatable cylinders that go in the penis, a pump hidden in the scrotum that is used to inflate and deflate the implant, and a saline reservoir cylinder that is hidden behind the pubic bone in the lower abdomen.


Will having the implant change the feeling of my penis during sex?


  • No. Men who have had the internal penile pump report that sexual intercourse feels completely normal to them.  The implant is inside the penis. The nerves giving sensation to the penis remain the same so sexual stimulation feels the same as does the feeling of orgasm and ejaculation.


Will an implant make it feel different for my partner?


  • No. Nothing changes how the penis feels to your partner. In fact, some women can’t even tell the man has had an implant.


Can an implant be used to make my penis longer?


  • No. The implant will not make the penis longer. It can, however, improve the girth (or diameter) of the penis.  You can get an estimate of your penis length after an internal penile pump by stretching your flaccid (non erect)penis out gently.


Will I need to do any maintenance on the implant?


  • No. The implant is maintenance-free. Once you heal from the insertion, you simply inflate it when you want to use it, and deflate it when you are finished.


How much pain will I have after surgery?


  • The first 7 – 14 days after surgery, patients should expect some pain and bruising. This is treated with cold packs and pain medications. After 2 weeks, the pain should be gone.


When will I learn how to use the implant?


  • Usually after 2 weeks, Dr. Myers will teach you how to inflate and deflate the implant. Depending on how you are healing, he may ask you to inflate it for an hour a day. This can help maintain penis length. You should NOT use the implant for sex until after you have fully healed, usually 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.


How long will the implant last?


  • As with any mechanical device, malfunction can occur. Fortunately, it is uncommon. The rate of malfunction is less than 2.5% over a 5 year period.  If the implant malfunctions, we replace it.  Some patients have had implants work for over 20 years.


I have diabetes. Will that prevent me from having an implant?


  • Absolutely not. About 50% of men getting implants have diabetes. The risk if infection is slightly higher in diabetic men, but it is still very uncommon.


What is Peyronie’s Disease?


  • Peyronie’s Disease is a disease that causes curvature of the penis during erection. It can be painful to get an erection, especially when it first presents. In this common disease, there is scarring of part of the penis that prevents that portion of the penis from stretching normally during erection. This is what causes the penis to be bent. Some patients suffer from both E.D. and Peyronie’s Disease. These patients are good candidates for a penile implant. The implant can be used to straighten the penis as well as cure the E.D.


I had a radical prostatectomy, now I can’t have an erection. Will an implant work for me?


  • Yes! Many men who have had prostate surgery, radiation, or cryotherapy suffer from erectile dysfunction (E.D.). These men are also good candidates for a penile implant. If the erections have not returned one year after surgery, they are not likely to return. These men should strongly consider an implant.

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