Penile support has been one of the options that patients with erectile dysfunction expect. However, current products on the market are inconvenient for patients because most existing supports take the form of full support, i.e., from the base of the penis to the coronal (1). Therefore, it is necessary to customize support for each individual patient to match their penis length. This article describes an improved support, Titanium Saddle Ring (TSR), as shown in Figure 1A, which is formed from a titanium shape memory alloy wire covered by a latex tube (2). In order to achieve better overall satisfaction and avoid customization, the TSR uses a short support method, which is about half the length of the penis, as shown in Figure 1B. The dimension of the TSR is characterized by its inner diameter and length, expressed as “diameter × length”. The typical TSR size is 26 mm × 65 mm, which is sufficient for moderate ED patients to penetrate the vagina. However, this is not suitable for patients with severe ED because it will fall off during sexual intercourse. In order to firmly hold the penis of a severe ED patient, two additional support rods need to be added, as shown in Figure 1C. In this way, it becomes a practical external penile prosthesis (3). Due to the super elasticity of the titanium alloy wire, the TSR has a maximum clamping force of up to 1 kg and a tensile inner diameter of up to 40 mm. Therefore, it has good dimensional adaptability and can cover the penis size of most patients in only a few size specifications.
Penile support has a long history, but its application prospects have not been fully confirmed so far (4). The above TSR supports do not require customization and are easy to mass produce. The author hopes that this article will promote clinical trials of penile support.
Conflicts of Interest: The author has no conflicts of interest to declare.
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Cite this article as: Yi M. An improved external penile support. AME Med J 2019;4:9.