Sexual Health Q&A

What are some of the drawbacks of a penile prosthesis? Can the device malfunction?

Infection is one risk. If the implant becomes infected, it will need to be replaced. Sometimes the implant damages surrounding tissue.

It’s possible for an implant to malfunction. This is more common with inflatable devices, which can leak saline fluid into the body. The fluid itself shouldn’t cause problems, but the device should be replaced or repaired.