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 2 men over the age of 40 suffers from ED,1 no guy ever wants to talk about it.
Prescription pills are usually the first course of action for treating erectile dysfunction, but often they aren’t an instant fix. When pills aren’t an 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.
Reasons to Consider a Penile Implant
- Patient Satisfaction Rates: Studies indicate 93.8% of men were moderately or completely satisfied with their penile prosthesis choice, far outpacing satisfaction levels for Viagra (51.6%) or injection therapy (40.9%). 2
- 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.
- 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.
- Insurance Coverage: Penile implants are prescribed by a physician and are generally covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare.
Penile Implants from Coloplast
After a legacy of decades specializing in men’s sexual health, Coloplast is the trusted leader for erectile dysfunction solutions. The Coloplast Titan® penile prosthesis with reservoir is the only implant of its kind approved by the FDA for submuscular placement, which can lessen the risk of serious complications during and after surgery for some patients.
There are two basic types of penile implants that Coloplast offers:
The Titan® Touch inflatable penile prosthesis
The Genesis® Malleable penile prosthesis
Both implant types are custom fitted to your body and allow you to have a satisfactory erection for sexual intercourse. Your sensitivity and ability to ejaculate are not affected. The primary difference between the two penile prosthesis types is that flexible rod implants (the Genesis) produce a permanently firm penis, while the inflatable prosthesis (the Titan) produce a more natural erection.
Titan Touch Inflate/Deflate animation
Actual Titan Touch Penile Implant Inflate/Deflate Patient Demonstration
Titan Touch Unique Features
The Coloplast Titan Touch inflatable penile prosthesis is a self-contained, fluid-filled system made from Bioflex and silicone. As the only penile prosthesis with a true lockout valve located at the base of the reservoir, the Titan penile implant is designed to mimic the look and performance of a natural erection. Its unique features include:
- Maximized Girth and Rigidity – Coloplast ensures better erections by providing maximized girth and rigidity compared to other cylinders on the market. Sizes range from 11 cm to 28 cm.
- Natural Appearance – The non-bulky, low-profile pump design ensures a natural appearance when the penis is flaccid.
- Confident Operation – Easy to locate inflation and deflation pads in the scrotum help you confidently operate the device when you’re ready for sexual activity. This ease of use also decreases the need for repeated physician visits for prosthesis training.
- Easy one-handed deflation – The Titan Touch pump allows for easy one-handed deflation of the device, while the unique Lock-out™ valve is designed to prevent auto-inflation.
- Innovative cloverleaf reservoir design allows for surgical placement with a smaller footprint, while the Titan’s hydrophilic coating promotes easier device implantation.
- Superior Mechanical Reliability Rates: Recent studies show the Coloplast Titan to have mechanical reliability rates of 97.5% after five years on first-time implants.3
- Lifetime Replacement Policy: Coloplast provides a lifetime replacement policy with all of its penile implants. The inflatable implant, or any component, can be replaced for any reason during your lifetime.
- Rajpurkar A, Dhabuwala C., Comparison of satisfaction rates and erectile function in patients treated with sildenafil, intracavernous prostaglandin E1 and penile implant surgery for erectile dysfunction in urology practice. J Urol. July 2003; 170(1):159-163.
- Fancisco Dubocq, Marcos V. Tefilli, Edward L. Gheiler, Haikun Li, and C.B. Dhabuwala. Long-Term Mechanical Reliability of Multi-component Inflatable Penile Prosthesis: Comparison of Device Survival. J Urol. August 1998; 52(2):277-281.
- Steven K. Wilson, Mario A Cleves, John R. Delk. Comparison of Mechanical Reliability of Original and Enhanced Mentor* Alpha 1 Penile Prosthesis. J. Urol.September 1999;162(3):715-718.
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 fitted to your anatomy. Discuss this in greater detail with your physician.
Will I be able to have spontaneous erections with a penile prosthesis?
No. In order to place the implant in the body, the corpora containing the spongy tissue is removed to make room for the cylinders. If you are still able to have erections on your own, which are satisfactory for intercourse, you should consider very carefully whether or not an implant is the right fix for you. However, if you cannot have erections or if they are not satisfactory for intercourse, then an implant will be able to provide you with a more “instant” erection when compared to pills, or vacuum devices.
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.
Is the cost of a penile implant covered by insurance?
A penile implant is prescribed by your physician. Most insurance, including Medicare, cover 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 2 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 Touch 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, anaesthesia 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?
Since the implant is completely placed inside your body, no one will see the implant. In fact, no one will know unless you tell them.
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.
Can I still have an MRI with an implant?
Yes the device is MRI compatible. A letter attesting to MRI compatibility is available. Please click the "about Coloplast" link on the bottom and fill out the contact form to request for one to be sent to you.