Are you considering a penile implant, but aren’t sure what type of implant you should get?
Choosing the right penile implant isn’t an easy decision. The choice you and your doctor make will depend on many factors, including your age and medical history.
For starters, you should know your options…
Types of Penile Implants
There are three main types of penile implants:
- Two-piece inflatable
- Three-piece inflatable
A non-inflatable penile implant is the simplest of the penile implants. A rod is placed into the penis and you push the penis up to use and down again when not in use.
The two-piece and three-piece inflatable penile implants have more parts to them. A pump is placed near the scrotum. You press the pump to pump fluid into your penis to create an erection.
Advantages and Disadvantages to Each Type of Penile Implant
Let’s look at the pros and cons of each type of penile implant:
Non-Inflatable Penile Implant
- Pro: Because they’re so simple, there is a low chance of malfunction.
- Pro: Easy to use if you have arthritis or limited dexterity.
- Pro: The least expensive, but also the least popular penile implant.
- Con: A constant erection can be uncomfortable and hard to conceal.
Two-Piece Inflatable Penile Implant
- Pro: Penis is flaccid when deflated and easier to conceal than a non-inflatable penile implant.
- Con: Erection is less firm than the three-piece penile implant.
- Con: Pump is small and difficult to inflate for people with limited dexterity or arthritis.
- Con: Two-piece inflatable penile implant looks abnormal to others.
Three-Piece Inflatable Penile Implant
- Pro: Most natural looking and feeling penile implant. Most partners of single men don’t even know they have an implant.
- Pro: Flaccid when deflated.
- Pro: Firmer erection than two-piece penile implant.
- Pro: Pump is larger and easier to pump and release than the two-piece inflatable penile implant.
- Con: More parts that could potentially malfunction.
Do you have more questions about penile implants? We invite to to read: Introducing the Coloplast: A Minimally-Invasive Penile Implant for Male Enhancement & Enlargement.
Or contact Dr. J. Antonio Alarcon at the Alarcon Urology Center to schedule an appointment.