Penile Implants Specialist in Houston, TX
As medical advances help men remain sexually active well into their golden years, one condition that’s become more and more common is erectile dysfunction. Men that suffer from ED have a number of treatment options to help regain their sexual function. However, when all other options such as medications or injections have been unsuccessful, Dr. Clavell may suggest insertion of a penile prosthesis. Because the surgery changes the anatomy of the penis in such a way that the prior treatment options are usually no longer effective, a penile implant is utilized as the last treatment.
Dr. Clavell has emerged as one of Houston's leaders in penile implant surgery. The procedure can conveniently be performed as an outpatient surgery. Following a short recovery period, you may once again have the freedom to enjoy a healthy sex life without worry. Dr. Clavell offers both inflatable (commonly referred to as the pump) and mechanical implants (Semi- rigid). A consultation with Dr. Clavell can help determine which option is right for you.
Performing more than 125 implants per year, our office performs the highest volume of prosthetic urology procedures in the state of Texas
How to Prepare for Penile Implant Surgery?
Because anesthesia is administered for the procedure, you will be asked not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the evening prior to penile prosthesis surgery. Please discuss any medications you are currently taking with Dr. Clavell before your procedure. The procedure will not be performed if you are taking or have recently taken any medications which could interfere with your ability to clot your blood. The most common of these medications are aspirin and all related pain relievers or anti inflammatory compounds (whether prescription or over the counter). Prior to surgery, we ask that you tell us if you took any medications within the last 7 days.
Have questions? Call us at (713) 652-5011.
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.
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.
Post-Op and Recovery Process After Penile Implant Surgery
After the procedure, you will wake up with the device partially inflated to both stop bleeding inside the penis and prevent penile shrinkage. You will also notice a special dressing that will keep the scrotum under compression and will prevent swelling or an accumulation of blood. When possible, we prefer to keep patients admitted for observation to administer an additional dose of IV antibiotics to prevent infection.
You will be discharged with the compression dressings and can remove them 48 hours after your surgery. At this time, you are allowed to start showering but should avoid bathing or swimming. Your penis and scrotum may be sore for 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. You may return to work approximately 1 week after surgery, as long as it does not involve heavy lifting. A follow up with Dr. Clavell will take place 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. There he will teach you how to cycle the device. After your first follow-up appointment, you may start having sexual intercourse.
Is a Penile Implant Right for You?
Request a Consultation with Dr. Clavell today. We’re looking forward to hearing from you! Call us at (713) 652-5011.