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What are some pros and cons of penile implants?

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  • A Dr Marc Garnick, MD, Hematology & 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.
Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.
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