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Semirigid or Inflatable
The most common penile prosthesis has been in use for over 25 years. The current technology of these medical devices is quite safe and effective. Semirigid devices range from permanently erect ones that cannot be altered to malleable ones that can be bent into an unnoticeable position when appropriate.
Inflatable devices use fluid, not air, and are inflated or deflated on demand. Almost all current devices perform satisfactorily for a full decade before needing replacement. The leading manufacturers are American Medical Systems Inc., Mentor Corporation and Timm Medical Technologies.
Not Only for Men with Erectile Dysfunction
A penile prosthesis can help men with erectile dysfunction that get no results from erectile dysfunction drugs. In addition, The British Journal of Urology International reports  that unlike the limitations of metoidioplasty (metaoidioplasty) for female to male transsexual patients which usually results in an average penis size of 5 cm long and narrow width, current total phalloplasty neophallus creation using a musculocutaneous latissimus dorsi flap results in a long, large volume penis which enables safe insertion of any brand or model of penile prosthesis.
This same total phalloplasty technique enables male victims of minor to serious iatrogenic, accidental or intentional penile trauma injuries (or even total emasculation) caused by motor vehicle accidents, child abuse, animal bites, gun shots, burns, electrocution or self-mutilation to get large penises very suitable for penile prosthesis implantation so they can have successful sexual intercourse.
In some cases of genital reconstructive surgery, implantation of a semirigid prosthesis is recommended three months after total phalloplasty to prevent phallic retraction. It can be replaced later with an inflatable one.
Some studies indicate a partner satisfaction rate of 70% or less, due, some studies suggest, to heightened or unreasonable expectations. Many surgeons are now recommending that both partners be counseled pre-operatively regarding outcome and expectations.
It can be difficult to conceal that you have a prosthesis because the scrotal components are hard and irregularly shaped. Any woman feeling your scrotum will be puzzled. Manual stimulation can be painful.
Erectile Dysfunction Drugs & External Devices
Vacuum devices (penis pumps) and oral, suppository or injected erectile dysfunction drugs are not penile prostheses. Nor are dildos or any other externally operated device or sex toy.
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