Different types of penile implants: What You Should Know

Are you seriously thinking about opting for prosthetic penile implant surgery, but aren’t able to make up your mind on the implant type to go for? Selecting an appropriate penile implant from the various types that are available could be quite cumbersome and puzzling for a large number of men with erectile dysfunction. Awareness about the diverse prosthetic implants for penis and their working mechanisms will go a long way in enabling you to choose the type that’d be ideal for you.

If you strongly feel that you are a potential candidate for a penile implant/penile implant procedure, then your doctor will surely help you to choose the right type. The physician will consider and evaluate specific factors like your current health condition and lifestyle, and medical history apart from your personal preference. The cost of the device is a significant aspect that you’ll also need to factor in.

This blog will walk you through the various kinds of penile implants that are available, and how each type functions.

Prosthetic penile implant types

Non-inflatable semi-rigid implant

A non-inflatable semi-rigid implant allows you to have a firm penis without sacrificing flexibility. Firmness and pliability are two factors crucial for enjoying fulfilling coitus or sexual intercourse. The main component of the non-inflatable device is tubes or rods that stays rigid as well as malleable making it easy for you to insert your penis through the vulva.

The robust construction of the rods ensures that they remain impermeable to leaks and always ready for action. The rods are metallic filaments encased in silicone that keep them firm, pliable, and easily disguisable. However, the efficacy of the device does not purely depend upon its structure.

The perfection with which the surgery is carried out also makes a huge difference. Efficiently reconstructing the penile tissues followed by accurate implantation of the device helps in achieving the best results.

Non-inflatable articulated/segmented implant

The articulated or segmented implant is another kind of non-inflatable prosthesis that tends to be more flexible than the semi-rigid type. As its terminology indicates, the device is made up of segments enveloped in silicone. The segmented sections are tethered to one another and held in place by springs fixed on either end.

This type of implant owing to the articulated parts (instead of being a single tube or rod) happens to be less taut compared to the semi-rigid device. The surgical procedure for implanting semi-rigid or articulated devices is less complicated than the process for instilling inflatable ones. Additionally, using them is simpler, and they’re also less prone to going kaput.

 Two-piece inflatable penile implant

The two-piece penile implant comes with a reservoir and a pump (with a release valve) that make up one piece or section and two inflatable cylinders which comprise the second piece. The pump together with the reservoir is positioned inside the scrotum, and the cylinders are installed inside the penis.

The procedure for implanting the two-piece is more straightforward compared to the process for installing the three-piece implant. Though you do not need to be too deft with your hands for operating it, the erections are not so firm.

Three-piece inflatable penile implant

Though the three-piece inflatable implant functions in the same way as a two-piece device, the erections you get tend to be extremely rigid. Three-Piece prosthetic penile devices furnish the best (read firm) erections amongst all types of implants. This device consists of a pump which goes inside the scrotum, a fluid-filled tank which is positioned underneath the abdomen, and two inflatable cylindrical tubes that are slotted inside the penis.

Surgery for implanting a three-piece is remarkably complex. This kind of inflatable implant permits a higher volume of fluid to be exchanged, eventually enabling very rigid erections and quicker flaccidness after deactivation. However, these implants are vulnerable to malfunctioning and leakage owing to the complexity of the system.

Inflatable prostheses are particularly suitable for those ED patients who have a problem of insufficient blood rushing into their penises. Making an appointment with one of our experts can get you in-depth details about the possibilities and benefits.


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