Types of Penile Implants

The Three-Piece Inflatable Penile Implant

Inflatable Penile Implants

The two- and three-piece inflatable penile implant offers men a more natural erection than a semi-rigid implant. They are inflated using a pump when an erection is desired and then deflated easily and concealed in the penis.


Three-Piece Inflatable Penile Implant

The most commonly placed implant in this practice is the three-piece inflatable penile implant (or IPP – Inflatable Penile Prosthesis).  This device includes a reservoir that is placed in the lower abdomen, two cylinders implanted in the penis, and a pump placed in the scrotum that moves fluid between the reservoir and cylinders.

The three-piece inflatable penile prosthesis creates a firmer erection than its two-piece counterpart.  Fluid cycles between the reservoir and the cylinders by using the pump.  The pump has an inflate bulb and a specific deflate button.

How It Works

When you are ready to have sex, you pump the fluid from the reservoir into the cylinders to create a rigid erection. After sex, you release the valve inside of the scrotum to drain the fluid back into the reservoir to return to flaccidity.

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