Penile implant removal or revision is a surgical procedure to remove or repair a penile implant. It is typically performed by a urologist.
Penile implants are devices that are surgically placed in the penis to help men achieve an erection. There are two main types of penile implants: inflatable and semi-rigid.
Inflatable penile prostheses (IPPs) have two cylinders that are placed in the corpora cavernosa, the erectile chambers of the penis. A pump is placed in the scrotum and a reservoir is placed in the abdomen. To achieve an erection, the man pumps fluid from the reservoir into the cylinders. To deflate the erection, the man releases the fluid from the cylinders.
Semi-rigid penile prostheses have two rods that are placed in the corpora cavernosa. The rods can be bent to create an erection or straightened to create a flaccid penis.
Penile implant removal or revision may be necessary for a number of reasons, including:
- Infection: Penile implant infection is a serious complication that can occur in up to 10% of patients. If an infection develops, the implant may need to be removed to prevent the spread of infection.
- Mechanical failure: Penile implants can also fail mechanically due to wear and tear or manufacturing defects. If an implant fails, it may need to be repaired or replaced.
- Patient dissatisfaction: Some patients may be dissatisfied with their penile implant for various reasons, such as the size, shape, or function of the implant. In these cases, the implant may be removed or replaced.
The procedure for penile implant removal or revision will vary depending on the type of implant and the reason for the surgery. In general, the surgeon will make an incision in the penis or scrotum to access the implant. The implant will then be removed or repaired, depending on the situation. The incision will then be closed with stitches.
The risks of penile implant removal or revision surgery include bleeding, infection, and damage to surrounding tissues. The recovery time for surgery is typically 2-4 weeks.
Penile implant removal or revision is a surgical procedure performed to either remove or replace a penile implant that has been previously inserted into the penis. Penile implants, also known as penile prostheses, are medical devices used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) when other less invasive treatments have failed or are not suitable for the patient.
There are two main types of penile implants:
- Inflatable Penile Implants: These consist of two inflatable cylinders implanted in the penis, a pump located in the scrotum, and a reservoir filled with saline solution. When the patient desires an erection, they activate the pump, which transfers fluid from the reservoir into the cylinders, creating an erection. To return the penis to a flaccid state, they deflate the implant by pressing a release valve.
- Semi-Rigid or Malleable Penile Implants: These are bendable rods that are surgically placed inside the penis. Unlike inflatable implants, they are always semi-rigid and cannot be inflated or deflated. To achieve an erection, the patient simply manually positions the penis into an upright position.
Penile implant removal or revision may be necessary for various reasons, including:
- Complications: Sometimes, complications can arise after the initial implantation surgery, such as infection, mechanical failure, or erosion of the device. In such cases, the implant may need to be removed or replaced.
- Patient Satisfaction: If a patient is not satisfied with the type or functioning of their implant, they may opt for revision surgery to switch to a different type of implant.
- Lifestyle Changes: Changes in a patient’s lifestyle or health condition may require a modification of the implant. For example, if a patient with an inflatable implant is no longer able to operate the pump due to physical limitations, they may choose to have it replaced with a semi-rigid implant.
- Device Wear and Tear: Over time, penile implants may wear out or malfunction, necessitating removal and replacement.