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120 Trinity Place
Athens, GA 30607

Phone: (706) 543-2718
Fax: (706) 353-3709

120 Trinity Place
Athens, Georgia 30607

(706) 543-2718

Penile Implants

A penile implant is a prosthetic device, surgically placed, for the permanent correction of male erectile dysfunction (ED). The Urology Clinic uses the American Medical Systems devices and has been designated as a Center of Excellence for the placement of penile implants. This particular procedure is not suited for all patients, as there are many treatment options for men with ED. However, for men who have failed less invasive treatments, the penile implant is a highly effective and satisfying option.


  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Medication therapy failure
  • History of priapism with ED
  • Peyronie ’s disease with ED


The patient is brought to the operating room (either at the hospital or ambulatory surgery) and given a general or spinal anesthetic. The operation is usually performed through one or two small incisions, and the device is placed in the penis, with the control pump placed in the scrotum. The entire operation takes about an hour; the patient is able to go home the next morning; and the device is activated in four to six weeks after the surgery.


  • Permanent correction of erectile dysfunction
  • Ability to have an erection as long as you desire
  • One-time procedural expense (compared to monthly cost of medications)
  • Does not interfere with ejaculation or orgasm
  • Good success rates and low complications

Side Effects

Most patients will experience some swelling for several weeks following the surgery, but this soon resolves, and the device can then be activated. With the placement of any prosthetic device, there is a risk of infection, but this occurs rarely. Most penile implants will function for many years, but with time they may need to be replaced or revised.