Types of Penile Implants

The Semi-Rigid Penile Implant

Semi-Rigid Penile Implant

A semi-rigid penile implant, or Spectra, is a device that does not have inflatable components or a pump, but rather bends up and bends down. It is hard all the time, but has a bend in the downward position for comfort or concealment, or can bend up or out for sexual activity. The device is extremely easy to place, even in patients with significant medical issues. With the semi-rigid penile implant, there are simply two bendable rods. The semi-rigid rods are always firm and are bent away from the body to create an erection, and back into the body to conceal the firm penis. The analogy I use is these are like two pipe-cleaners or like a goose-neck lamp.  It bends, then stays relatively stable in that bent position.

This device is essentially maintenance-free because it has a low risk of breakage, has no pump or tubings, can be placed in a shorter amount of time, and may be able to be used in about two weeks post-surgery.  With this implant, length and girth are maintained; the hard or erect state is perfect and is not a compromise whatsoever. The trade-off is that there really is no soft state. Also, the semi-rigid device rarely ever gets infected because of less surface area of components and no pump. This device is exceptionally common in South American and in the Middle East. Some men in arranged marriages have gotten this placed because there is no work at all to inflate it, the device can be used for sex by simply bending it up, so a partner would not detect it.

Positives:
  • Incredibly easy to use.
  • The surgery itself is very short, easy, and the recovery is simple
  • Infections are extremely rare.
  • Can be used in settings of salvage procedures where an infection has occurred.
Negatives:
  • Not “natural” in terms of appearance.
  • There is a small risk of erosion.
  • More primitive in terms of appearance and functionality.
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