Every time we bring up the uncomfortable discussion surrounding erectile dysfunction (ED), we like to underscore one extremely important fact up front: You’re not alone. ED affects up to 52% of men in the United States, and the statistics largely correspond to age — 40% of men in their 40s on up to 70% of men in their 70s.
Because of these large numbers, the medical community has responded with a number of different options that treat ED or work around the problem. Inflatable penile implants are a fantastic solution that accomplishes the latter.
At our practice, Dr. Robert J. Cornell is one of the country’s leading prosthetic urologists, which means he has extensive experience helping men restore their sexual health using prosthetic devices to create an erection. If you’ve tried the medications and other treatments to no avail, explore how an inflatable penile implant can, quite literally, pump up your sex life.
Inflatable penile implants 101
When it comes to prosthetic devices for creating an erection, there are generally two ways to go about it. In the first, we can insert a malleable implant that you simply manipulate into the right shape for intercourse. Dr. Cornell implants these bendable devices into your penis and all you need to do is maneuver the implant into a straight position for sex and then bend it back down afterward.
Another option, which allows a more natural experience, is an inflatable penile implant. These devices are self-contained and rely on cylinders that Dr. Cornell inserts into your penis, along with a reservoir and pump. When you’re ready for intercourse, you simply squeeze on the pump, which fills the chambers from the reservoir. When you’re through, you simply deflate the chambers and send the filling substance back to the reservoir for reuse.
But not all inflatable penile implants are created equal. The following is a look at the three options we offer here and why they’re at the top of the class.
AMS 700™ series three-piece inflatable penile implant
As the name implies, the AMS 700 series implants use three different pieces that allow you to better control your erection results. The first piece to this implant puzzle are the two filling cylinders that Dr. Cornell inserts into your penis. He then places a pump inside your scrotum for easy access. Finally, Dr. Cornell implants a small reservoir in your lower abdomen, which holds the substance that fills the cylinders to give you an erection.
The AMS 700 series is the only implant on the market that’s designed to expand your penis in girth and length by up to 25%. And you’re in control the entire time, filling the cylinders as needed by discreetly pressing on the pump in your scrotum.
AMS Ambicor™ two-piece inflatable penile implant
The Ambicor inflatable penile implant is a pre-filled and pre-connected device that eliminates the need for a separate reservoir. What this means for you is that Dr. Cornell doesn’t need to make another incision in your lower abdomen to place the reservoir. Instead, he outfits you with the two pieces, which are self-contained and easy to use. In fact, the cylinder inflates with just a few squeezes, while deflation is as simple as manually bending your penis downward.
The Titan Touch inflatable penile implant by Coloplast is a self-contained, fluid-filled system made from Bioflex and silicone. The inflatable penile implant is not only designed to mimic the look and performance of a natural erection, but it also maximizes rigidity and girth.
The Titan Touch pump is easy to locate and use — just a few squeezes to achieve the erection you want. What sets this implant apart is its true one-touch release. Once you no longer want an erection, all it takes is a momentary compression of the deflation button to allow a complete fluid transfer out of the cylinders.
For help choosing the best inflatable penile implant option for your goals, please contact our office in Houston, Texas, at (281)607-5300, or use our online booking tool to set up an appointment.