Attaching implants on the pubic bone

The team of surgeons specializing in phalloplasty at CHU Hôpitaux de Bordeaux (Hospital of Bordeaux in France)—Dr. Casoli, Prof. Capon, Dr. Bondaz, Dr. Weigert—has begun utilizing Mitek anchors to attach ZSI FTM implants to the bone. If the surgeon can “easily” access the bone (that is, if the cortical layers are well-exposed and not too dense), it’s possible to attach an “anchor.”

Dr. Casoli, of CHU Bordeaux, explains:

The anchor is a ‘simple’ device, which allows the implantation of a biocompatible metal into the bone. Thanks to its composition, this anchor affixes itself to the bone. A cable is placed in the anchor, and with a needle coupled to the cable, one can suture (apply) structures like tendons, ligaments, or as in this case, the penile implant attached to the bone substrate.

“The anchoring allows the attachment of the penile implant’s base to be strong, effective and quick, in contact with the ischial bone. There’s much less risk of ‘suture release,’ guaranteeing a more secure attachment.

“The anchor is easier to place than any other type of attachment and much more effective. This is a big evolution in surgical technique for the insertion of inflatable penile implants.

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ZSI is the only European manufacturer of artificial urinary sphincters and of malleable and inflatable penile implants, as solutions for male urological problems (incontinence), sexual complications (Erectile Dysfunction), and gender identity procedures (prostheses for trans men and women).

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