Surgical implants
This is usually only considered if you have
tried other treatments first and they have
not worked, or if you are unable to have
other treatments because you have another
health condition.
There are two main types of implants. The
first type uses semi-rigid rods that keep the
penis fairly hard all the time but allow it to be
bent down when you do not need an erection.
The second type is an inflatable implant in
the penis, and a pump placed in the scrotum.
When you squeeze the pump the implant fills
with fluid (saline) which will make the penis
become erect. Your erection will last for as
long as the implant is inflated.
Two out of 100 men (two per cent) who have
this surgery get an infection which means the
implant will have to be taken out. The implant
can be put back in again once the infection
has been treated with antibiotics.
Five out of 100 men (five per cent) may need
further surgery after five years because the
implant has stopped working. In general, the
implant may only work for about ten to 12
years, before it needs to be replaced.