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Gerard Henry, M.D.
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How a Penile Prosthesis Works
Choosing the penile prosthesis that is most optimal for you is a very personal decision. Because each type of prosthesis offers unique features, you will want to discuss the choices with your doctor to identify your best option.
One-Piece, Positionable Prosthesis (Malleable)
One-piece, positionable prostheses are the simplest types of penile prostheses. This prosthesis consists of a pair of cylinders that are surgically inserted into the penis. The prosthesis is positioned "up" for intercourse or "down" for everyday activities.
Two-Piece, Inflatable Prosthesis
The two-piece, inflatable prosthesis consists of a fluid-filled pair of cylinders implanted into the penis and a small pump implanted into the scrotum. To acheive erection, simply squeeze and release the pump several times. When the fluid is pumped into the cylinders, it creates an erection that provides rigidity.
Three-Piece, Inflatable Prosthesis
The three-piece, fluid-filled inflatable prosthesis features: a pair of cylinders implanted into the penis, a pump implanted into the scrotum, and a reservoir implanted into the lower abdomen. When the fluid is pumped into the cylinders, it creates an erection that provides rigidity and girth expansion.