Penile prosthesis in treatment of erectile dysfunction: 13‐year experience

  • Luís Sepúlveda Serviço de Urologia, Centro Hospitalar de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (CHTMAD), Vila Real, Portugal
  • Ana Meireles Serviço de Cirurgia Plástica e Queimados, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra (CHUC), Coimbra, Portugal
  • Pedro Moreira Serviço de Urologia e Transplantação Renal, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra (CHUC), Coimbra, Portugal
  • Henrique Dinis Serviço de Urologia e Transplantação Renal, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra (CHUC), Coimbra, Portugal
  • Vera Marques Serviço de Urologia e Transplantação Renal, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra (CHUC), Coimbra, Portugal
  • Francisco Rolo Serviço de Urologia e Transplantação Renal, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra (CHUC), Coimbra, Portugal
  • Alfredo Mota Serviço de Urologia e Transplantação Renal, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra (CHUC), Coimbra, Portugal

Abstract

Introduction and Objectives
Penile prosthesis implantation is a common, well‐established treatment for correcting medical refractory erectile dysfunction. Although more invasive than some of the other currently available therapies, PP surgery has the advantages of high patient satisfaction rates. The aim of this study was to evaluate the surgical results and patient satisfaction after implantation of PP in 25 patients treated at the University Hospital of Coimbra (CHUC).


Material and Methods
We evaluated 25 patients with erectile dysfunction who underwent implantation of PP, inflatable and semi‐rigid, between November 2000 and November 2013. The information was obtained from medical records and telephone interviews and encompassed clinical severity, comorbidity, etiology, PP type, surgical complications, need for reintervention and degree of patient satisfaction.


Results
88% of patients had severe ED. The main etiologies reported were: multifactorial (46.4%), atherogenic (24%) and neurologic (16%). Most devices implanted were inflatable prostheses (84%). In 80% of the cases there were no complications reported; the rate of re‐intervention was 20%. There were a high percentage of satisfied / very satisfied patients (65%).


Discussion/Conclusion
PP surgery remains an excellent alternative in restoring erectile function in patients whose medical therapies have failed. Despite its invasive nature, the implementation of PP has proven to be associated with a low rate of complications and a high degree of patient satisfaction.

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Published
2017-04-10
How to Cite
SEPÚLVEDA, Luís et al. Penile prosthesis in treatment of erectile dysfunction: 13‐year experience. Acta Urológica Portuguesa, [S.l.], v. 33, n. 3, p. 75-80, apr. 2017. ISSN 2387-0419. Available at: <http://www.actaurologicaportuguesa.com/index.php/aup/article/view/32>. Date accessed: 24 june 2017.
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