A penile implant is a device that is placed inside the penis of the man to allow him to restore his erectile function. These devices have been available since 1973 when they were first invented. Over time there have been numerous iterations of the device and improvements to the devices that we have today. These are called the inflatable penile prosthesis, which is a hydraulic device that is placed in the penis. By squeezing a pump, it allows water to engorge the penis and develop an erection that is satisfactory for intercourse.

One of the most common questions asked about penile implants is, “How long do penile implants last?” Penile implants are made of very sturdy material called silicone or bioflex. Both materials have stood the test of time. If you look at the device survival rates with the newest literature, it shows that after 20 years, 60% of patients are still using the same implants that were placed originally. On average, the implant lasts or survives about 15 to 20 years.

This can change depending on wear and tear. For example, a patient having sexual intercourse 10 times a week will wear and tear on their implant earlier than a patient who has less frequent intercourse. However, these devices were first developed in 1973, so they have been around for a very long survival time and are very sturdy.



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