Mention erectile dysfunction in a room full of guys you’ve known for decades and you’re likely to be met with dead silence. Even though 1 out of every 4 men over the age of 60 will suffer some form of ED6, guys don’t usually want to talk about it.
Prescription pills are often the first course of action for treating erectile dysfunction, but often they aren’t an instant fix. When pills aren’t a reliable option, a penile implant can offer real hope. A penile implant (or penile prosthesis) is a medical device that is custom-fit and surgically placed into a penis to produce a natural-looking and natural-feeling erection.9
Penile Implants from Coloplast9
After decades specializing in men’s sexual health, Coloplast is a trusted leader for erectile dysfunction solutions. 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 and can be used at any time, unlike other treatment options where there may be a short waiting period for them to be effective. A penile implant can be an effective solution for men who are suffering from ED that has not been resolved by other available treatment options.
How Penile Implants Work
There are two different penile implants that are available today. The 3-piece inflatable penile implant is the most popular implant27 and a malleable penile implant is also available. Both implant types are custom fitted to your body to allow you to have a satisfactory erection for sexual intercourse. Your sensitivity and ability to ejaculate should not be affected.33
The primary difference between the two penile implant types is that the 3-piece inflatable implant produces a more natural erection while the malleable implant (flexible rods) produces a permanently firm penis.9
Inflatable Penile Implants
The Coloplast Titan® Touch inflatable penile prosthesis is a self-contained, fluid-filled system made from silicone and Bioflex®, a supple yet durable material. The Titan penile implant is designed to mimic the look and performance of a natural erection.9
There are three parts to an inflatable penile implant:
- A reservoir placed in the abdomen
- Two cylinders placed in the penis
- A pump placed in the scrotum
Malleable Penile Implants
The Genesis® is a flexible penile implant that consists of two firm but flexible rods that are placed into the shaft of the penis. There are no other parts to this implant. To have an erection, you simply hold the penis and move it into the desired position. When you are finished, you bend it back down to conceal it. The malleable penile implant can be a good option for men with limited dexterity.28
Reasons to Consider a Penile Implant
- Patient Satisfaction Rates: Patients report a 98% satisfaction rate for inflatable penile implants.9
- Additional Patient Satisfaction Rates: Patients treated with a penile implant appear to be significantly more satisfied with their treatment option than those treated with ED medication or other treatment options.29
- A Discrete Treatment for ED: A penile prosthesis is not noticeable when your penis is flaccid. Your partner won’t be able to tell you’ve had an implant to treat your ED unless you tell them.9
- Minimal Recovery Time: Every man is different, but a typical recovery time after a prosthesis implant procedure is four to six weeks. After you’ve fully recovered, you can begin enjoying sex once more.6
- Cost-effective: Penile implants have been shown to be the most cost effective ED treatment over a 10-year period.30
- Insurance Coverage: Penile implants are prescribed by a physician and are generally covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare.
Find a Physician
Part of the reason so many men are secretive about their struggles with ED is that they’ve been conditioned to believe erectile dysfunction is just a natural part of aging. This couldn’t be further from the truth!
Getting older might mean dealing with occasional back pain and hearing difficulties, but there’s no reason why you need to continue to struggle with ED. Whether your ED is the result of diabetes, heart disease, neurological disorders or cancer treatment, help is available.
If you think a penile prosthesis may be the right choice for treating your ED, our Physician Locator tool can help you find a doctor in your area who specializes in helping men with erectile dysfunction. Remember, the sooner you begin the process of regaining control of your sexual health, the sooner you can get back to feeling like your old self.
Frequently asked questions
Will I lose any length after getting a penile implant?
Each penile implant is custom fit to your anatomy. Discuss this in greater detail with your physician.
Will I be able to have spontaneous erections with a penile prosthesis?
Both the Titan and the Genesis give you the ability to have an erection instantly and spontaneously, any time you want one. 31 32 However, the implant surgery makes it impossible to ever have a “latent” or natural erection that’s not dependent on the device. Therefore, you should consider carefully whether or not an implant is the right choice for you.
What is the recovery time?
Each individual is different and therefore their recovery will be different as well. Typical recovery is between 4-6 weeks. Your physician will determine what you can and cannot do during this time. It is important to follow the recommendations that your physician gives to you to ensure the best outcome.6
Is the cost of a penile implant covered by insurance?
A penile implant is prescribed by your physician. Most insurance, including Medicare, covers the implant. Check with your physician’s office and your insurance carrier to determine your actual cost.
What makes the Genesis® and Titan® Touch different?
Both implants provide you with the capability of having an erection satisfactory for intercourse. The main difference is that the Genesis penile implant is a malleable implant consisting of two rods that are placed in the corpora cavernosa. There are no further parts to this implant. To have an erection, you only need to hold the penis and move it into the desired position. When you are finished you return the penis to the previous position. With the Titan penile implant, you inflate the cylinders by pressing the pump bulb in the scrotum. You can control the firmness by pumping until you are satisfied with the erection. The best thing is to discuss each implant with your physician to make sure that you are getting the implant that is appropriate for you.
Are there risks associated with the penile prosthesis?
As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with the penile implant procedure including pain, anesthesia reactions, repeat surgery due to infections, or mechanical problems with the device. Discuss this in greater detail with your physician.
Will anyone notice that I have an implant?
The implant is completely placed inside your body. The Titan® inflatable penile implant is not visibly noticeable. The penis appears relaxed and normal when in the flaccid state, and it is not obvious by looking at a man that he has an implant.9 The Genesis® flexible rod implant stays firm when not in the erect position, and it may “show” through clothes.
Can I have an orgasm with a penile implant?
You should be able to have an orgasm with a penile implant if you were able to have one before your procedure. Consult your physician about your expected outcome.33
Can I still have an MRI with an implant?
Yes, the device is MRI conditional. A letter attesting to MRI conditions are available. Please click the "about Coloplast" link on the bottom and fill out the contact form to request that one to be sent to you.