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Urol Clin North Am. 2001 May;28(2):355-61, x.

Penile prosthesis implantation.

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Section of Prosthetic Surgery, Urological Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Health Sciences Center, Ohio State University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.


The development of effective systemic therapy for the treatment of erectile dysfunction has resulted in a significant increase in the number of men presenting for treatment. Not all men with erectile dysfunction will respond to systemic therapy; those who fail may be candidates for penile prosthesis implantation if second and third lines of treatment also fail or are rejected by the patient and his partner. Penile prosthesis implantation continues to play a role in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. There is a potential for the number of penile prosthesis implantation procedures to actually increase. The ideal penile prosthesis is a three-piece inflatable device that permits good penile flaccidity and increases in size and becomes rigid with inflation.

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