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How can a penile implant treat erectile dysfunction (ED)?

Madeleine M. Castellanos, MD
Psychiatry
Penile implants have been around for 30 years and are still used successfully in men who don't respond to erectile dysfunction (ED) medications. They are surgically inserted into the spongy tissue of the penis, where they remain permanently. Implants can be semi-rigid or inflatable, with a corresponding device inserted into the scrotum to be used when a man wants to achieve an erection. They carry the general risks of surgery and usually need to be replaced after about 10 years. Studies show that 70 to 80 percent of men are satisfied with their penile implants, which makes them a useful option for men who can't take ED medications.

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