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