Penile Implant Specialist in Hartford, CT
At Pregenzer Urology in Enfield and Hartford, Connecticut, Gerard Pregenzer, MD, offers comprehensive diagnostic testing and customized treatment for people with penile implants. Don’t wait to seek help for sexual health issues because complications can develop without treatment. Schedule an appointment at our office in Enfield or Hartford, CT by calling (860) 962-6600 or requesting an appointment online.
When might I get a penile implant for erectile dysfunction?
When you can’t have an erection or keep it firm long enough to have sexual intercourse, Dr. Pregenzer begins your treatment with less invasive, non-surgical options. Oral medications are the first line of treatment for most men. If oral medications don’t help, Dr. Pregenzer may prescribe an injectable medication, urethral suppositories, or a vacuum erection device before recommending penile implants.
What are penile implants?
A penile implant is a type of prosthesis that Dr. Pregenzer inserts in your penis so you can have an erection. The device isn’t noticeable once it’s implanted, and it allows you to have strong erections that appear natural. Penile implants do not affect sensation, orgasm, or ejaculation.
Is a Penile Implant right for you?
A penile implant is a device that is placed into a man’s body and is designed to help him get an erection. This device is prescribed by a physician for men who are suffering from impotence.
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Reasons to consider a Penile Implant:
- Patient satisfaction rates: 93.8% of patients were moderately or completely satisfied with their penile implant choice, far outpacing satisfaction levels for Viagra (51.6%) or injection therapy (40.9%).1
- A Discrete Solution: Designed to emulate the look and performance of a natural erection
- Minimal Recovery Time: Following the routine outpatient procedure, a four to six-week recovery period is necessary before the implant is used.
- Insurance Coverage: Most insurance, including Medicare, cover the implant.
There are two basic types of penile implants that Coloplast offers:
The Titan Touch® Inflatable Penile Implant
The Genesis™ Flexible Rod Penile Implant
Both types of implants enable men with erectile dysfunction to have a satisfactory erection for sexual intercourse and to experience the joys of sex again. You should be able to have an orgasm with a penile implant if you were able to have one before your surgery, unless you have another medical problem that affects it. Consult your physician about this. The primary difference between the two implant types is that flexible rod implants (the Genesis) produce a permanently firm penis, while the inflatable implants (the Titan) produce a controlled, more natural erection.
Some facts about Coloplast’s penile implants:
The Coloplast Titan Touch Inflatable Penile Implant (IPP) is a self-contained, fluid-filled system made from Bioflex and silicone. Bioflex is a supple, durable biopolymer material.
- The implant is totally concealed in your body
- Designed to emulate the look and performance of a natural erection
- Pump design has a non-bulky, low-profile size
The Titan Touch inflatable penile implant offers a dependable method of restoring sexual function.
- It is the result of advanced engineering and medical research designed with your needs in mind
- It offers hope to many men with E.D.
- It provides an option where other treatments are not appropriate or have failed
Titan Touch Unique Features
- Mechanical reliability rates: Recent studies show the Coloplast Alpha 1 and Titan to have mechanical reliability rates of 97.5% after five years on first time implants.2
- Concealable: When implanted, the Coloplast Titan penile implant is not visibly noticeable. The penis appears relaxed and normal in the flaccid state, and it is not obvious by looking at a man that he has an implant.
- Lifetime replacement policy: Coloplast provides a lifetime replacement policy with all of its penile implants. Coloplast will replace the inflatable implant, or any component, for any reason during the lifetime of the patient.
Titan Touch Inflate/Deflate animation
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 implant?
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 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 penis. 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 implant?
Penile implants are surgical solutions requiring a healing period that have risks associated with surgery such as pain, anesthesia reactions, repeat surgery due to infections, or mechanical problems with the device. The implant eliminates the possibility of a natural erection. Considerations in choosing a penile implant may include your medical condition, lifestyle, personal preference and cost.
This treatment is prescribed by your physician. Although many patients benefit from the use of this device, results may vary. Discuss the treatment options with your physician to understand the risks and benefits of the various options to determine if a penile implant is right for you.
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.
- Rajpurkar A, et al. 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.
- Steven K, et al. Comparison of Mechanical Reliability of Original and Enhanced Mentor* Alpha 1 Penile Prosthesis. J. Urol.September 1999;162(3):715-718.
There are two types of penile implants, inflatable and semirigid (bendable):
Inflatable penile implants cause an erection by inflating two cylinders in the penis with water. You may receive a two-piece or three-piece inflatable implant, but they both work the same way. A two-piece inflatable implant consists of cylinders and a pump, while a three-piece implant also has a separate reservoir. Dr. Pregenzer places the two cylinders in the shaft of your penis and the pump in your scrotum. If you get a two-piece implant, the reservoir is part of the pump or the cylinders. For a three-piece implant, a separate reservoir is inserted under your abdominal wall. When all the components are in place, Dr. Pregenzer connects them with narrow tubes. When you want to have sex, you press on the pump. This pushes fluid out of the reservoir and into the cylinders, which results in an erection. After sex, you use a release valve on the pump that allows the water to return to the reservoir.
Semirigid penile implant
This implant consists of two malleable cylinders that Dr. Pregenzer places inside your penis. The cylinders bend into different positions, so you can bend them up for intercourse, and bend them back toward your body to return your penis to a normal position.
What should I expect after my procedure to implant a penile prosthesis?
After your procedure, you may have a urinary catheter in place for a day and take a round of antibiotics to prevent an infection. You shouldn’t wear tight underwear or snug clothing for up to six weeks, depending on the type of penile implant you received. Most men can return to strenuous physical activity and start having sex again within a month after their implant procedure.
If you have erectile dysfunction and would like to learn more about penile implants, call Dr. Pregenzer or book an appointment online.
Schedule a Consultation for Penile Implants in Hartford, CT Today!
If you are experiencing symptoms of erectile dysfunction, contact men's health specialist Dr. Pregenzer To discuss your symptoms and if a penile implant is right for you. Contact Pregenzer Urology by calling our urology office at (860) 962-6600 or request an appointment online.