Penile implant information

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Updated: 4/11/2007 2:47 pm
There are many possible causes of impotence, the inability to achieve or maintain an erection. When factors like complications from medication, psychological conditions, and drug use have been eliminated, and treatments such as medication, vacuum devices and hormone therapy are ineffective, a doctor may suggest a penile (PEE-nile) implant. The two major types of implants are malleable, (MAL-ee-uh-bul) and inflatable. Malleable implants are semi-flexible rods which are surgically inserted into the penis. This type of implant leaves the penis in a partially erect state, and allows it to be adjusted to different positions. The width and length of the penis remain the same. Inflatable implants are cylinder-like devices, connected to a fluid reservoir placed just above the bladder with a pump in the scrotum. When the pump is pressed, the fluid inflates the implant, causing an erection. With inflatable implants, the penis appears more natural when at rest, and width or length may be slightly increased. Both procedures are performed in a hospital, and require an average stay of three to seven days. Possible complications include rejection of the implant, infection, damage to the urethra, and mechanical failure. Overall, however, the procedure is considered relatively safe. To find out more about penile implants, consult a urologist.

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