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New Penile Implant Type Could Benefit Men with ED

New Penile Implant Type Could Benefit Men with EDMen with erectile dysfunction (ED) are fortunate to have a number of treatment options available to them, including medications, self-injections, transurethral agents, and vacuum devices. However, if these methods don’t work or if the ED is severe, penile implants may be considered.

Implants, also called penile prostheses, are often a last resort as the procedure cannot be reversed. The surgery involves replacing the corpora cavernosa – the two spongy chambers inside the penis that fill with blood during an erection – with inflatable cylinders that can be activated to form an erection. (In some cases, malleable rods take the place of the corpora cavernosa. These can be raised or lowered as desired, but this technique is not common nowadays.)

Three-piece inflatable prostheses include the cylinders, a reservoir filled with fluid (usually a saline solution), and a pump that is placed in the scrotum. All components are well-concealed.

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