"If you lack erections, it's difficult to reproduce the old-fashioned way, but it's still possible," said Dr. Michael O'Leary, senior urologic surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass. "This particular technology is trying to treat erectile dysfunctions."
According to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study, a two-year survey of 1,290 men between the ages of 40 and 70, self-reported incidence of erectile dysfunction, ranging from mild to severe, occurred in 52 percent of respondents.
While there are plenty of treatments for older men who lose normal erectile function, including medications and prosthetic implants, men who are born with a defective organ -- one that is very small or nonexistent, for example -- have few options.
"Particularly for patients who have congenital abnormalities, that is those who are born with conditions that render them with a dysfunctional organ, there's almost nothing to offer them," Dr. O'Leary said.