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Adv Urol. 2012;2012:240963. doi: 10.1155/2012/240963. Epub 2012 May 29.

Outcomes of and satisfaction with the inflatable penile prosthesis in the elderly male.

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  • 1Department of Urology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, P.O. Box 7845, San Antonio, TX 78229-3900, USA.


Objective. To determine the outcomes of and satisfaction with the multi-component inflatable penile prosthesis (IPP) in the elderly male (age >71). Methods. Using a chart review and telephone survey, we retrospectively assessed patients who underwent IPP or combined IPP/artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) from 2004-2006. Results. We identified 56 patients that underwent IPP (48) or IPP/AUS (8). The age range was 71-86 (mean 74.3) at the time of surgery, with a follow-up range of 0.5-2.4 years (mean 1.5). The overall complication rate was 3.8% (2 of 56) with one device removed for infection and a second patient requiring exploration for a postoperative hematoma. The telephone interview was conducted with 35 of 56 patients. Patients rated ease of use (a scale from 1-5, 5 meaning very easy) and overall satisfaction (a scale of 1-5, 5 meaning very satisfied) at an average of 4.1 and 4.3, respectively. IPP usage varied from 0-7 times per month (mean 3.3). 32 of 35 patients (91%) said they would undergo the procedure again. Conclusion. Our review demonstrates that the IPP is well tolerated in the elderly male population, who report a high degree of satisfaction and ease of use with this device.

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