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Penile Implants - Erectile Dysfunction

Semi-rigid malleable (positionable) rods

Malleable models are not often used, nowadays only making up about 10% of devices implanted. Certain men should avoid this device (such as men with spinal cord injury, diabetics, and men who have had penile irradiation). The malleable penile implant requires surgical insertion of a pair of flexible rods within the erection chambers of the penis. The rods have an outer coating of silicone and inner stainless steel core or interlocking plastic joints. These joints enable the man to place the penis in either the erect or flaccid position. This type of implant produces a constant penile rigidity that merely needs to be lifted up, or bent, into the erect position to achieve an erection and sexual intimacy, or in the downward position for urination. As he does so, the rods inside his penis bend. Malleable penile implants can be bent in more than one place to create the desired erection. Three malleable devices exist at this time (AMS Malleable 650 and Dura-II devices, and the Mentor Acu-Form prosthesis).

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