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Conditions: Erectile Dysfunction

Penile Implants - Erectile Dysfunction

One major difference between the hydraulic, inflatable prosthesis and the semi-rigid malleable penile implant is that the inflatable prosthesis has a more natural feeling since they allow for control of rigidity and size. The semi-rigid devices have the advantage of being the simplest of the penile implants and are the cheaper option. The disadvantages include a constantly rigid penis that resembles neither normal erection nor flaccidity, which makes it difficult to conceal under tighter fitting clothing as well as an increased risk for device erosion.

The pros and cons of each treatment option should be carefully discussed with the treating physician to make the best-informed choice and to ensure that the patient has realistic expectations about their treatment results.

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