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How do Penile Implants Work?

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Penile implant surgery is a procedure that helps men with erectile dysfunction that has not responded to other types of treatments. Penile implant surgery involves placing a prosthetic device inside the penis and scrotum. This device helps the man achieve an erection and regain sexual function. In this article, we examine the types of penile implants available and how they work. We also take a look at what a man can expect from having penile implant surgery.

Who is a candidate for penile implants?

Men with erectile dysfunction caused by a specific medical problem are the best candidates for this type of procedure. However, in most cases, doctors try simpler and less invasive treatments first. If these treatments are not successful, men with ED may consider penile implant surgery.

Types of Implants

There are several different types of penile implants available. The type that is used will depend on the needs and preferences of the man. There are several factors that the man and his doctor will need to consider before deciding which implant will be the most suitable. There are also three main types of penile implants.

Three Piece Inflatable Pump

The three-piece inflatable pump involves placing two cylinders in the penis, an inflatable pump in the scrotum, and a fluid-filled container in the abdomen. All of these components are connected by special tubing.

Squeezing the pump in the scrotum causes fluid to move from the container into the cylinders, creating an erection. When the release valve is squeezed, fluid moves out of the cylinder and back into the container, making the penis flaccid.

When inflated, a three-piece inflatable pump implant acts and feels like a natural erection. The implant also feels natural and comfortable when flaccid.

Two Piece Inflatable

This type of implant is similar to the three-piece inflatable device and works in the same way. However, instead of a separate fluid filler container, the fluid is kept within the pump in the scrotum. However, the two-piece inflatable device is not as rigid as the three-piece implant.

Semi-Rigid or Malleable Rods

This type of penile implant involves a surgeon implanting two flexible rods into the penis. The implants never change in size or stiffness and maintain a semi-rigid state. They can, however, be set in different positions easily. The implants are usually bent downward but can be straightened into an upward position when needed for sexual intercourse. Even though they are very easy to use, many men find their constant rigid state to be uncomfortable.

If penile implants are something you are interested in having to fix your erectile dysfunction, then contact us to book a consultation!


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