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Semirigid or Malleable Rod Implants for Erectile Dysfunction
With the semirigid or malleable rod implant, 2 matching cylinders are surgically implanted into the penis. To achieve an erection, you manually adjust the position of the penis. This implant provides enough rigidity for penetration and rarely breaks.
Advantages of the semirigid or malleable rod implant include:
The major drawbacks of the semirigid or malleable rod implant are:
Other disadvantages of the semirigid or malleable rod implant include:
Inflatable Implants for Erectile Dysfunction
The inflatable implant consists of:
With an inflatable implant, you squeeze the pump placed within the scrotum to inflate the cylinders. The pump moves fluid from the reservoir implanted in the lower abdomen to the cylinders implanted in the penis. The expansion of these cylinders creates an erection.
The inflatable implant generally remains functional for 7-10 years before a replacement typically is necessary. Most, if not all, companies offer lifetime warranties for both the parts and the components of these devices.
Although effective, some overall complications of the inflatable implant include:
Two types of inflatable implants are available: a fully inflatable implant and a self-contained inflatable unitary implant.
Fully Inflatable Implants
Self-Contained Inflatable Unitary Implants
Last Reviewed 11/20/2017
Stephen W Leslie, MD, FACS
Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Martin I Resnick, MD
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