What is a Penile Implant & How Does It Work?
“I underwent all the processes I thought might help, but nothing helped me. So I said, well, I have to do this because it’s the only solution I have. And, the only thing I regret is not doing it sooner, because I’m a much happier man after getting a penile implant.”
What is a Penile Implant?
A penile implant is a discrete device that is placed into a man’s penis and is designed to help him get an erection. Once implanted, it helps put the man back in control of his body. It can be used at any time, straight away, unlike other treatment options , where there may be a short waiting period for them to be effective. A penile implant is an effective solution for men who are suffering from ED that has not been resolved by other available treatment options.
A penile implant involves a routine surgical procedure. The majority of men can return home within a day of surgery, and after full recovery, may resume sexual activity after 4 to 6 weeks1. Your doctor or nurse will discuss the details of the procedure, your recovery process, and using the implant.
What is the Difference Between the Genesis and the Titan Implants?
Penile implants have been a safe and effective standard of care for men suffering from ED for many years, and can offer hope, a return to intimacy and a normal life for many men with ED. There are two types of penile implants that Coloplast offers:
- Titan® inflatable penile implant produces a controllable erection that acts and feels more like a natural one. Learn more about the inflatable penile implant in our dedicated article.
Both help give you the ability to have an erection satisfactory for intercourse. The main difference is that the Genesis® is a flexible (malleable) implant that consists of two firm but bendable rods placed inside the shaft of the penis (into the corpora cavernosa). There are no other parts to this implant. To have an erection, you simply hold the penis and move it into the desired position for penetration. When finished, you return the penis to its tucked-down position.
With the Titan® , you inflate the cylinders by squeezing the pump in your scrotum and deflate by pressing the release valve to return the fluid from the cylinders into the reservoir.
Considerations in choosing a penile implant may include your medical condition, lifestyle, personal preference and cost.
This treatment is prescribed by your Urologist. Although many patients benefit from the use of this device, results may vary.
Discuss the treatment options with your doctor to understand the risks and benefits of the various options to determine if a penile implant is right for you.
1: Erectile dysfunction. NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. (Stand vom Juni 2017) http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/erectiledysfunction.html.
2: Habous M, Malleabe (Semi-Rigid) penile prosthesis. J Sex Med. 2015; 12:1984-1988.