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Inflatable penile prostheses: an update

Lightfoot, Andrew J; Rosevear, Henry M; Kreder, Karl J

doi: 10.1097/MOU.0b013e32833d14df
Reconstructive surgery: Edited by Christopher R. Chapple

Purpose of review Since the advent of oral medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction the disease has garnered increasing attention by both scientists and the general public alike. Coinciding with this, more patients are seeking treatment of their disease. When medical management is not successful, surgical implantation of a penile prosthesis may be considered.

Recent findings Because inflatable penile prostheses are vastly preferred by patients over noninflatable prostheses, this review will focus on their current use, reported durability and safety, and patient satisfaction.

Summary Inflatable penile prostheses are associated with decreasing risks of infection and device malfunction and extremely high patient and partner satisfaction rates. Because of this, inflatable penile prostheses remain a viable tertiary treatment option for erectile dysfunction.

Department of Urology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA

Correspondence to Karl J. Kreder, MD, Department of Urology, University of Iowa, 200 Hawkins Dr, 3 RCP, Iowa City, IA 52242-1089, USA Tel: +1 319 353 8771; fax: +1 319 356 3900; e-mail:

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