When other treatment options are exhausted, penile implants can be a very effective, permanent solution for those who suffer from impotence.
There have been many advances in the field, and the surgery as well as the implants themselves have been improved significantly since being introduced in the early 70s.
Let's take a look at the various options...
The semi-rigid malleable (flexible) penile implant is the simplest and least expensive impotence device currently available. It consists of two rods that are surgically implanted inside the penis.
Depending on the manufacturer, the rods have an outer coating of silicone, high-density plastic or polyethylene, with a series of positionable segments, along with a metal core. These segments allow for more flexibility of movement.
The result of this type of penile implant is a permanent erection that can be re-positioned as required.
During sexual activity, the penis is straightened, and afterwards it can be bent downwards close to the body for concealment.
Benefits of the Semi-Rigid Malleable Type
Semi-Rigid Implant Precautions
The two-piece inflatable implant consists of two hollow cylinders which are surgically inserted into the penis. A small pump is inserted into the scrotum.
By gently squeezing the scrotum several times, the pump transfers fluid into the cylinders inside the penis, causing the cylinders to inflate and create an erection.
The fluid in the cylinders can be transferred back into the reservoir by gently bending the penis downwards for about 10 seconds.
Benefits of the Two-Piece Implant
Two-Piece Implant Precautions
The three-piece implant has three components. Like the two-piece one, the three-piece one has two hollow cylinders that are surgically implanted into the penis.
A small pump and valve are inserted into the scrotum to transfer fluid into the cylinders, which causes them to inflate and produce an erection.
The third component is a small reservoir containing a sterile solution that is inserted into the lower abdomen. This fluid is pumped into the cylinders in the penis via a series of tubes inside the body.
When the erection is no longer required, the release valve inserted in the scrotum is gently squeezed to release the fluid back into the reservoir located in the lower abdomen.
Benefits of the Three-Piece Implant
Three-Piece Implant Precautions
Scientists have been experimenting with new heat activated penile implants, which may actually be easier to use and safer than current types.
This prosthetic is made from nickel and aluminum alloy, and it stays flaccid until heat is applied. The interesting part is that it "remembers" its shape similar to the way memory foam does, giving you the same erection each time. Time will tell if this new implant type makes it to market. Stay tuned.