The most common implants are inflatable. Here’s how they work: Two cylinders are inserted into the penis. They’re attached to a pump placed in the scrotum and a reservoir fitted just below the groin muscles. The cylinders fill with a saline solution from the reservoir to create an erection. After intercourse, use the pump to empty the cylinders.
The implants come with a small risk of infection as well as mechanical failure. Nearly one in 10 implants will break during the first five years. Still, those are pretty good odds for patients not helped by medications.
If you and your doctor decide an implant is the right solution, don’t expect it to make you any bigger than you were before. There’s no flow of blood to the head of the penis, so your erection might appear a bit shorter after surgery. But implants aren't noticeable to anyone who sees your penis, so you're safe in the locker room.
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