RisksBy Mayo Clinic staff
Risks of penile implant surgery include:
- Infection. As with any surgery, infection is a possibility. You might be at an increased risk of infection if you have a spinal cord injury or diabetes. Men who need further surgery to adjust or replace an implant (revision surgery) are also at higher risk of infection.
- Implant problems. New penile implant designs are reliable, but in rare cases the implants might malfunction. Surgery is necessary to remove, repair or replace a broken implant.
- Internal erosion or adhesion. In some cases, an implant might stick to the skin inside the penis or wear away the skin from inside the penis. Rarely, an implant breaks through the skin. These problems are sometimes linked to an infection.
Treating an infection
Infections after penile implant surgery typically occur in the first few weeks or six months to two years later. Early infections can cause swelling of the scrotum, pus buildup and fever. Later infections might involve persistent or recurrent long-term pain. Surgery to remove the implant is likely necessary to treat an infection. Replacing a penile implant can be complicated and can lead to buildup of scar tissue and a decrease in penis length.
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