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Penile Implants

A New Option for Treating Erectile Dysfunction

Charlotte's Leader In Penile Implants

Erectile dysfunction (ED) can make a significant impact on your lifestyle. However, individuals taking medications and injections have reported satisfaction rates of 50% or less1. When these treatments have not been successful, penile implants are another option to treat ED.

Fortunately a penile implant treatment for ED has satisfaction rates of over 90%2. In fact, a penile implant has also proven to have significantly better erectile function than other treatments3.

Dr. John Hettiarachchi specializes in providing penile implants at the Charlotte Center for Pelvic Health in Cornelius, NC. Learn more and schedule your consultation today.


What is a Penile Implant?

The penile implant can be prescribed to men suffering from impotence or ED. In short, the penile implant (or penile prosthesis) is a device placed into a man's body design to help him get an erection. The implant is custom-fit and surgically placed into a penis to produce a natural-looking and natural-feeling erection. Unlike other treatment options that may require a waiting time prior to be effective, the penile implant can be used at any time.

Manufactured by Coloplast, the implant is a three-piece inflatable device that is custom fitted to your body to allow you to have a satisfactory erection for sexual intercourse. It should not affect sensitivity or your ability to ejaculate.

The Implant Procedure?

Where a traditional penile implant is performed by making a large incision between the penis and scrotum in the delicate scrotal tissues, Dr. Hettiarachchi's approach is much less invasive. He makes a small, two-centimeter incision just above the penis. The components of the penile prosthesis are placed through this small incision with minimal trauma to the penile and scrotal tissue. This results in significantly decreased scrotal swelling after the surgery when compared to a traditional penile implant surgery.


A typical recovery time is four to six weeks, at which time you can return to normal activity, including sexual activity.

Frequently Asked Questions About Penile Implants

Will the implant affect my ability to have an orgasm?

If you were able to have an orgasm prior to having an implant, you should be able to have one after your implant. Speak with Dr. Hettariachchi about your expected outcome.


Will I lose length with an implant?

Each penile implant is custom fit to your anatomy. Speak with Dr. Hettiarachchi about options that are best for you.

Can I have a spontaneous erection with a penile implant?

The penile implant will give you the ability to have an erection instantly and spontaneously, any time you want one. However, the implant surgery makes it impossible to ever have a “latent” or natural erection that’s not dependent on the device. Therefore, you should consider carefully whether or not an implant is the right choice for you.

Is the penile implant covered by insurance?

A penile implant is prescribed by your physician. Most insurance, including Medicare, covers the implant. Check with your our office and your insurance carrier to determine your actual cost.

Are there risks associated with a penile implant?

As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with the penile implant procedure including pain, anesthesia reactions, repeat surgery due to infections, or mechanical problems with the device. Discuss this in greater detail with Dr. Hettiarachchi.