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What are some pros and cons of penile implants?

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  • AMarc Garnick, MD, Oncology, answered
    Broadly speaking, there are two types of penile implants -- inflatable implants and semi-rigid (malleable) rods. Inflatable implants may have a two- or three-piece design.

    Advantages of a three-piece inflatable penile implant include the following:
    • Acts and feels more like a natural erection than semirigid models.
    Disadvantages of a three-piece inflatable penile implant include the following:
    • Requires more manual dexterity than other implants.
    • Possibility of leakage or malfunction.
    • Most expensive type of implant.
    • Requires the most extensive surgery of all implants.
    Advantages of a two-piece inflatable penile implant include the following:
    • Penis looks more natural in erect and flaccid states than with the semirigid implant.
    • Easier to operate than the three-piece implant.
    • No abdominal incision.
    Disadvantages of a two-piece inflatable penile implant include the following:
    • Possibility of leakage or malfunction.
    Advantages of a semirigid (malleable) penile implant include the following:
    • Easy to use, especially for those with limited dexterity.
    • Requires the least extensive surgery.
    • Fewest parts, so less chance of malfunction.
    • Least expensive type of implant.
    Disadvantages of a semirigid (malleable) penile implant include the following:
    • Constantly firm.
    • Somewhat harder to conceal than inflatable implants, but new designs make this less of a concern than in the past.
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