If your sex life has been derailed because of persistent and treatment-resistant erectile dysfunction, there’s a way to restore your virility that goes far beyond a little blue pill. Penile implants have garnered a 90% satisfaction rate for good reason — they really work.
As a nationally-recognized prosthetic urologist, Dr. Robert J. Cornell has had great success helping his patients in the Houston area overcome stubborn problems with erectile dysfunction (ED), allowing them to enjoy every aspect of their lives with renewed confidence and satisfaction.
If you’d like to find out more about improving your sex life with a penile implant, here’s what you should know.
You’re not alone
Erectile dysfunction is far from uncommon, affecting an estimated 52% of the male population in the United States at one point or another. And the problem appears to develop in lockstep with your age, with 40% of 40-year-olds reporting ED on up to 70% of 70-year-olds.
There are many factors that contribute to ED, all of which we’re sure you know if you’re reading this article. In fact, you’re probably all too aware that some cases of ED are more stubborn than others, resisting every approach, including lifestyle changes and medications.
If you fall into this category, now is not the time to throw up your hands in despair. A penile implant offers a satisfying solution that allows you to perform as you once did, naturally and without stopping to take a pill or give yourself an injection.
At the ready
Here at our practice, we offer several different types of penile implants, and the choice comes down to what feels best for you. The most basic implant is a non-inflatable, bendable device that we insert into your penis. We offer the best products on the market, including the Genesis® by Coloplast and the Spectra™ by American Medical Systems.
Using only a tiny incision, we thread the bendable device into the shaft of your penis in an area where it’s well-concealed. The implant allows you to manually adjust your penis into a more rigid position and then bend it back down when you’re through. This option is ideally suited for men who may have problems with dexterity since the device is so easily manipulated.
If you’re concerned that a bendable device may be more obvious to you or your partner, we offer the next step up — inflatable penile implants. There are a couple of different options when it comes to inflatable implants. The first is a pre-filled, pre-connected device that Dr. Cornell places inside your penis, with a pump located in your scrotal sac. The implant actually features two tubes, which fill up with liquid when you activate the pump in your scrotum.
There are two different models of these self-contained devices — the Titan® and the AMS Ambicor™. The implants come in a wide variety of lengths and widths, and they feature lockout controls so the implants don’t accidentally inflate.
Many of our patients enjoy these implants because of how natural they look and feel, mimicking an erection better than a stationary device. When you want to empty the cylinders, you simply bend your penis or press on the pump again to deflate.
The second tier of inflatable implants is the most popular option among the many AMS products. Called the AMS 700™, the cylinders can expand girth and length by up to 25%. This device has an external reservoir, which is what allows a greater erection than the self-contained units described above, which are limited by their size.
With the three-piece penile implant, you’re able to pump more fluid into the cylinders. Dr. Cornell places the reservoir into your lower abdomen and inserts the pump into the loose area of skin that lies between your testicles in your scrotal sac. With a simple squeeze on the pump, fluid from the reservoir fills the cylinders, and another squeeze afterward sends the fluid back to the reservoir.
If you’d like to continue to explore your options in penile implants, please give us a call. Or we invite you to use our online booking tool to schedule a consultation.