Penile Implant Surgery

Dr Christopher Love is Australia's foremost Penile Implant Surgeon.

Dr Christopher Love offers a range of treatments for Erectile Dysfunction (ED) including Penile Implant Surgery, which is the only permanent way to fix the problem of ED.

What is a Penile Implant?

Penile Implant

A penile implant is a discrete device that is surgically placed into the penis and restores your erection. Once implanted, it helps put the man back in control of his body, and can create an erection at any time, within 30 seconds, unlike other treatment options where there is a waiting period for them to be effective after taking them.

What is Penile Implant Surgery?

Penile Implant Surgery

A penile implant operation involves a routine surgical procedure. Most men can return home the day after surgery. After recovery, you may resume sexual activity after four to six weeks.

Are Penile Implants Safe?

Penile Implants are safe and effective

Penile implants have been a safe and effective standard of care for men suffering from ED for many years. They offer hope and a return to intimacy and a normal life for many men with ED.

What are the benefits of Penile Implant Surgery?

Guaranteed hard erection whenever, wherever, and as often as you wish.

A quick erection, so you can be spontaneous about lovemaking.

Very low risk of any side-effects.

Your erection will last as long as you want.

Puts you back in control and enjoying normal love life for you and your partner.

How do Penile Implants Work?

There are two different penile implants to consider – an inflatable implant or a flexible implant:

Inflatable Implant

An inflatable penile implant is the best and most popular ,and gives a more natural erection, very similar to your own erection before you developed ED.

  • There are three parts to the inflatable implant, which are all connected by silicone tubings:
  • A reservoir (placed in the abdomen) where the fluid is located when the penis is flaccid
  • Two cylinders (placed in the shaft of the penis) which fill with fluid to give the erection
  • A pump (placed in the scrotum between the testicles) which transfers the fluid from the reservoir to the cylinders

When you squeeze the pump, fluid (usually sterile normal saline) is moved from the reservoir into the penile cylinders, creating an erection. When you press the deflate button on the pump, the fluid moves out of the penis and back into the reservoir for a natural looking flaccid penis”

Malleable/Flexible Implant

A malleable penile implant consists of two firm but flexible rods that are placed into the shaft of the penis.

There are no other parts to this implant, so the device is simpler. To have an erection, you simply hold the penis and move it into the desired position. When you are finished, you bend it back down, or to the side, to conceal it. This implant suits those with limited dexterity.

These implants give good rigidity to the penis, but do not affect the width or length of the penis, and it cannot be made flaccid, so the penis is always “erect”, just bend away to conceal the device.

98% of patients have reported they are satisfied with the inflatable Penile Implant.

Both implant types are custom fitted to your body and allow you to have a satisfactory erection for sexual intercourse. Your sensitivity and ability to ejaculate should not be affected.

Dr. Christopher Love will help you decide which implant is right for you. He will carefully consider your medical condition, lifestyle, and personal preferences to help you weigh the pros and cons.

Watch Videos: Dr Love discusses Penile Implant Surgery

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Why Choose Dr Love as your Penile Implant Surgeon?

Dr. Love is the highest volume, most experienced penile implant surgeon in Australia.

Dr Christopher Love is the foremost Erectile Dysfunction (ED) surgery specialist in Australia. He is recognised worldwide as an expert in all forms of ED treatment.

Dr Love is the most experienced penile implant surgeon in Australia, and is one of only about 50 surgeons worldwide who regularly performs more than 75 penile implants per year.

In 2019 Dr. Love was awarded the “Center of Excellence in Penile Implant Surgery” award by Professor Steven Wilson, the most well-known and highly regarded implant surgeon in the world, in recognition of Dr. Love’s experience, excellent results, teaching and lecturing in the area of prosthetic urology.

Dr. Love is the only Australian urologist and implant surgeon to be awarded this distinction.

His surgical techniques are innovative and of world standard, and we believe this surgery to be the “gold standard” when it comes to treating erectile dysfunction, when other treatments are not suitable or don’t work.

He has developed his own technique for penile implant surgery, the Minimally-Invasive No-Touch (MINT) procedure, which has resulted in some of the lowest published infection rates for primary penile implant surgery in the world.

Make an appointment with Dr. Love now. You do not need a referral from your GP, but a referral will reduce the cost of the consultation.

What is the surgical procedure for a Penile Implant?

Dr Love uses the MINT (Minimally Invasive No Touch) Technique which he developed. This technique has resulted in some of the world’s lowest infection rates for Penile Implant Surgery. 

Penile Implant surgery is performed under sterile conditions in the operating room with the patient under general or spinal anaesthesia. The operation usually takes less than 1 hour with a single overnight stay after surgery in the hospital.

Click here to read more about the procedure and view images from an actual Penile Implant surgery performed by Dr Love. 

From the Podcast


An inflatable penile implant offers an on-demand erection in just 15 20-30 seconds — whenever you want, for however long you want it. They are only erect once pumped up, and the penis is flaccid when the implant is deflated. 

Malleable, or semi-rigid, implants are hard all the time, but can be bent in the direction the man wants for sexual activity, or to conceal the implant.

Yes, penile implants can allow for sexual pleasure and sensation during intercourse. 

An implant gives the penis the hardness that is needed for penetrative sexual activity, but other aspects of sexual function should not be changed with an implant.

While the sensation may vary a little from natural erections, most men report satisfactory sexual experiences with penile implants.

While penile implants can restore erectile function for men with erectile dysfunction, there are potential downsides to consider. These may include surgical risks, such as infection or mechanical failure of the implant. There is no “natural” erection with an implant in the penis, although for most men having an implant they are experiencing this problem anyway.

Additionally, a very small number of men may experience discomfort or changes in sensation following implantation.

Inflatable penile implants are designed to be discreet, and provide a natural-looking appearance when the penis is flaccid. However, when inflated to produce an erection, the penis may appear even fuller and firmer than during a natural erection. Overall, the goal of penile implant surgery is to restore erectile function while maintaining a natural appearance as much as possible.

We are here to help

Dr Love and his team understand that you may be feeling nervous, anxious or embarrassed about your symptoms or condition. We want you to know that you deserve to get the treatment you need and that you can go on to live a fulfilling and satisfying life. It’s never too late.

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