3-Piece Inflatable Penile Implant

A 3-piece inflatable penile implant is a penile prosthesis plastic surgery solution for a more natural erection feel and appearance.

3-Piece Inflatable Penile Implant

The Skinny


Average Recovery

5 weeks

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Implant

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$13000 - $35000

The Specifics


What is a 3-piece inflatable penile implant?

A 3-piece inflatable penile implant is a plastic surgery procedure utilizing implanted cylinders, a pump, and a reservoir to create an erection. A 3-piece inflatable penile implant is only considered as a last line therapy for refractory erectile dysfunction or female to male gender confirmation surgery. Cylinders are inserted into the corpus cavernosum (erectile tissue) and can be manually inflated with a pump placed in the scrotum, and a fluid reservoir in the abdomen.

Compared to inflatable implants, non-inflatable penile implants are considered easier to use and less likely to malfunction, however, the penis is consistently slightly rigid, and can be uncomfortable and/or difficult to conceal.

When considering treatment options for erectile dysfunction, Peyronie's disease, and sexual activity concerns, inflatable penile prostheses, like the 2-piece and 3-piece implants, are more frequently used. The most appropriate type of implant for an individual can be determined with a professional consultation.

What cosmetic concerns does a 3-piece inflatable penile implant procedure treat?

  1. Male Sexual Wellness: Implantation of customized cylinders into the corpus cavernosum during a 3-piece inflatable penile implant with placement of a pump in the scrotum and reservoir in the abdomen allows for a controllable and functional more natural erection.
  2. Gender Confirmation: Implantation of inflatable devices can be used as part of a genital construction procedure.

Who is the ideal candidate for a 3-piece inflatable penile implant procedure?

The ideal candidate for a 3-piece inflatable penile implant procedure has erectile dysfunction not responding to other medical treatments, or is seeking an implant as a part of gender confirmation surgery. A 3-piece inflatable penile implant is not recommended for those with unrealistic expectations, those seeking more penis length or size, or those with certain chronic conditions.

What is the average recovery associated with a 3-piece inflatable penile implant procedure?

Most patients experience a few weeks of recovery time following a 3-piece inflatable penile implant cosmetic surgery. The penile implant is advised to be inflated twice daily to encourage tissue expansion around the implant. It is also recommended the penis be kept in an upright position to prevent downward curvature. Work can be resumed within two weeks. Strenuous exercise and sexual intercourse are generally permitted after four to six weeks.

What are the potential side effects of a 3-piece inflatable penile implant procedure?

Possible side effects following a 3-piece inflatable penile implant procedure include persistent pain for two to three months, bleeding, implant movement, erosion of the implant, infection, scar tissue formation, urinary tract infections, and urethral erosion.

What can someone expect from the results of a 3-piece inflatable penile implant procedure?

The results of a 3-piece inflatable penile implant cosmetic surgery are immediately visible and permanent.

What is the average cost of a 3-piece inflatable penile implant procedure?

A 3-piece inflatable penile implant can cost anywhere from $13,000 to $35,000. The actual cost of a 3-piece inflatable penile implant is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.

Pros

easy to useeasy to inflaterigid erectionbest flacciditymost comfortablenormal looknormal feelless atrophyconcealedleast amount of pain

Cons

most involved proceduremost expensive implant

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


3-piece inflatable penile implants are the most sophisticated and natural appearing devices available for patients with erectile dysfunction as well as patients who are undergoing gender confirmation surgery. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a penile implant procedure.

The Takeaway


A 3-piece inflatable penile implant is a type of penile prosthesis used to generate a mechanical erection in males with sexual dysfunction or individuals undergoing gender confirmation surgery.

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